Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Oh How You Fascinate Me, Mr. Lincoln!

Early this morning snow began to fall again in the Midwest.  Our Engineer woke up not feeling well.  Our plans to meet friends for lunch were quickly canceled.  It turned out to be a quiet morning with our Engineer napping on the sofa, and the Twins cuddled up in the Hug Chair with me.  I checked off my March Quest for the day and read some more in my book. 

Several months ago, I read Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's book, Killing Lincoln.  The pages of this book are filled with interesting facts while telling this compelling story of the assassination of our 16th President in a novel-like format.  Although the story is well known, I still learned quite a bit of new information.  As I read page after page, I kept thinking, "I didn't know that!"

I've kind of been on a President Abraham Lincoln kick ever since. 

One afternoon, during Christmas break, I took our boys to see the Steven Spielberg movie, Lincoln.  We gave it three thumbs up and wished Hubby could have gone along with us to see it.  Daniel Day-Lewis did an excellent job in portraying the President and happily he has earned several awards for this role.

Recently, the National Geographic Channel did a "docudrama" based on the Killing Lincoln book.  It was part documentary (narrated by Tom Hanks) and part drama (with actors playing out the story).  Having read the book, I was quite interested in seeing this TV special.  I enjoyed it and thought it complimented the book well. 

While my President Lincoln fascination seems recent, I have been intrigued by this man as long as I can remember.  Over the years I have read other books about him, and watched a few other documentaries as well.  It's a true fact that one of my favorite shows at Disneyland is "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln."

One June day, several years ago, our family traveled to Springfield, Illinois to tour the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum with my parents, siblings, and their families.  Our family was pleased to be greeted by President Lincoln's family upon our arrival.  They even kindly posed for pictures with us after the tour.  It was the highlight of Mom's visit!

If you ever get a chance to visit, we highly recommend it.  It is very well done. 

While looking at the displays, I was reminded that politics can be a tough, nasty, angry business.  Of course, there are many wonderful positive advantages to becoming President of the United States of America.  However, it's so true that a person who pursues such a dream will also put themselves and their family at great risk. 

Abraham Lincoln accomplished many impressive feats in his presidency and his life.  He also endured huge loss, much hatred, and family turmoil.  He was loved and hated fiercely.

I am thankful for his willingness to serve our country.  He was not a perfect President.  There has never been one.  However, he is beloved today, and 148 years after his death, his legacy lives on in America's hearts, minds, movies, and books.

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