On a solo trip to the grocery store the other day, I heard the most amazing thing; a daughter was arguing with her father. No, that wasn’t the amazing part, that happens all the time. The amazing part was that she was arguing with him about history! I stopped for a second, but then I just smiled to myself and kept pushing my cart. I was so happy that on the day before one of the most historic inauguration’s our country has ever seen, a teenager was enthusiastically discussing one of the world’s revolutions with her father. Furthermore, he was intently listening and engaged by the conversation. I wish I could have eavesdropped a little more to be able to tell which revolution she was discussing; was it the French or the American? Or one of the many others? Oh, who cared! All that mattered to me was that she was discussing one of them.
I know sometimes we get caught up in the politics of public vs. private vs. home schools, but regardless of where this girl was getting her education, she was passionate about it. She was truly enthralled by history and to that I applaud her teacher, whoever it may be.
I was a tad envious, as it took me quite a while to get caught up in history. It took a mini-series called North and South, based on the novels written by John Jakes to get me engaged in the American Civil War. My keen interest in World War II has been building throughout my adult life and was fueled by a series on the History Channel called The Secrets of WWII. Most recently, I’ve become obsessed with Queen Elizabeth I. For you women leaders out there, watch, read, and learn from her. She was a woman who rivals many leaders, man or woman, even in this modern day and age.
But I digress. The point to this blog is that I am so very, very happy to have witnessed a scene between teenage daughter and her father that many people fear doesn’t exist anymore. A young girl who wasn’t talking on her cell phone, talking back to her dad, being sarcastic, etc… (yes, I was a teenager once) and a father who was truly listening to what his daughter was saying and encouraging a healthy dialogue about a very important piece of history.
So, a big thank you to teachers, to fathers who aren’t too busy to hang with their daughters, and to teenagers – we adults don’t give you enough credit sometimes. And here is to history, may we learn from it and keep making it.><(("> Julie Silbar
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