Tuesday, June 20, 2006

History Lessons

If you asked any of my family what was the worse vacation they ever had - they would probably all tell you it was our South Carolina trip. We stayed at Kiawah Island - on the beach and a short drive from Charleston. Although the resort was nice enough and the beach and grounds were great - the mid-August weather was even unbearable for my kids. It was too hot and muggy to be fun at all. These pictures are when I made them all go to Charleston - I love old mansions and historical places - and it shows what a great family I have. They were all hot, miserable and bored to death but they didn't let that keep them from being silly and having a little fun while trying to humor me.
It amazes me that I like any history at all. I hated history in school. Three of my four high school history classes was with the very same boring, dull, dry, bad-breath - did I say boring- teacher. I never had a good history teacher although I heard rumors that Cleveland had a few - those were probably for those 1-A brainy students. Strangely enough, I enjoy visiting historical spots and I love historical fiction novels - that's how they should teach people like me history! I read "The Other Boleyn Girl, "The Queen's Fool", and the "Virgin's Lover" by Philippa Gregory and finally understand that part of England's history. I'd also recommend "Lucy" by Ellen Feldman, "Mount Vernon Love Story" by Mary Higgins Clark, "Memoirs of a Geisha", and a non-fiction book that reads like fiction, "The Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson. (It's about the Chicago World's Fair.)
I still would like to go back to Charleston someday and spend a little more time there - but probably more like in October or November - never again in the summer!

1 comment:

Ed. Tritschler said...

In addition to Cleveland, Roosevelt did not make history interesting but I like history in spite of my teachers.
Charsleton is a neat city and without kids you can stay in an historic B&B home and walk the historic city.
Great restaurants too.