Hello Monday morning!
Mom and I just got back from walking/jogging in the Valley Forge National Park which is made of up of rolling hills and forests dotted with monuments and historical monuments as well as original and reconstructed buildings from the military encampment. I'm now endeared to General George Washington having learned much more about him on this trip. He was truly a great man and leader. I picked up a small book titled, George Washington's Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation, that lists 110 rules that George penned at the age of 14, for example …
#1 Every action done in company ought to be with some sign of respect to those that are present
#110 Labor to keep alive in your breast that little celestial fire called conscience.
The other 108 are along the same lines and while some just aren't applicable today, most are. I'm contemplating a similar list for me (could make a cool little scrapbook don't you think?) and have been imaging what are world would be like if every young person drew up such a guideline of personal conduct.
Did you know that General Washington never left his troops in eight years of war. If Martha wanted to see him she had to come for a visit (which she did on several occasions.) Wow!
Yesterday we took the train into Philedelphia and experienced Independence Hall and much more. For me the highlight was attempting to stop at 13 park benches where college students tell lesser known stories of early American history. These "Once Upon a Nation" stops are not utilized nearly enough and were so totally interesting. We got to hear ten of the thirteen. If you live near Philly and haven't done this — do it!
Today were headed to Lancaster County to see a bit of Amish country and I'm very excited for both a slower pace and the chance to be inspired by a simpler way of life.
Hopefully I'll get a chance to share a bit more of our adventures.