A Day of Pondering

We spent most of yesterday at Mount Vernon. We all learned so much. Mount Vernon has evolved as a museum from just a monument to George Washington to an entire plantation. We were able to see how a plantation worked, meet a "slave" in her slave cabin, and learn about tobacco and the early economy.

We spent quite a bit of time at George Washington's tomb and the slave memorial. There were two interpreters at Washington's tomb with tubs of red carnations for people to place. The slave cemetery now has a new memorial stone just a few feet away, but there was nobody there and only 1 person had taken a flower from Washington's tomb to the unmarked graves of the slaves.

While Lou peppered me with questions about slavery, H just stopped and pondered. I want to somehow help her write about it.


Later, H and I went to Evensong at the cathedral. There were just a few of us attending, so we got to sit up in the choir area by the high altar. As we listened to the choir sing Mary's Song, we watched the great rose window fade into the night. It was both intimate and inspiring. H continued her day of soaking in big ideas and emotions. I'm so glad we took the time to go.

Poppy & Mei  – (February 22, 2008 at 7:48 AM)  

Sounds like a very moving day...Xxx

Dawn  – (February 22, 2008 at 9:52 AM)  

What a great experience for all of you. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

Tara  – (February 22, 2008 at 12:50 PM)  

It's important for us all to have those kinds of days. But especially kids. I hope your remaining days in DC are filled with good times.

anthromama  – (February 22, 2008 at 1:14 PM)  

What an amazing day. I feel so lucky to live near such resources to learn about our country's history.

Simmy –   – (February 23, 2008 at 2:59 AM)  

Sounds like a wonderful day, I would have loved to join you there. Despite it not being in my upbringing I love going to churches and cathedrals.

Suzanne  – (February 23, 2008 at 8:57 AM)  

Thanks for sharing your experience, wish I was there:-) This is a trip we want to take when our youngest is just a little older.

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