Thursday, March 22, 2007

Delayed Gratification

It has been a rainy Spring Break. I managed to get the kids out of the house yesterday and we all went to see the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit now on display at Kansas City's Union Station.

I'm sure CAT and I enjoyed the tour more than the younger kids. Most of the post-tour comments we saw seemed to have been made by early teens or youger and could be summed up with one word: boring. What they don't understand is the, perhaps, once-in-a-lifetime chance to see history. I hope that later in life they'll look back on this outing and remember it that way.

There is a precedent; I'm reminded of the volksmarch we took at the Crazy Horse monument several years ago. My daughter, in particular, was in no mood for the 6 mile round trip hike up a mountain. The hike ends up on top of the arm of the memorial and I kept trying to explain that in years to come she would be able to tell her kids that she'd stood up next to the face of the memorial (some day that will no longer be possible). I still bring that trip up, occasionally, and she still rolls her eyes - but I know she'll remember it fondly. I've got the picture waiting for her whenever she is ready...


Anonymous said...

Magnificent photo of Crazy Horse. It is fitting that he is remembered
in this way. He was an magnificent Warrior who cared deeply for his people.

Fritz said...

My wife is from Rapid City and we visit about once a year. I had no idea you could hike to the face of Crazy Horse. I mentioned that to my wife and she told me, "Yeah, you could do it if you pay for it."

The new presenation/show they have at Mt Rushmore is OUTSTANDING, by the way.