I detested history when I was in school, every bit of it. American. European. British. Ancient. Greco-Roman. So many dates, events and names to remember. What precipitated World War I? What did Americo Vespucio discover? Name the original 13 colonies. I now understand it wasn’t the memorization that soured me to history. I was so busy worrying about getting good test scores, I couldn’t appreciate the meaning of the subject.
Today, I love history. I watch historical documentaries. I enjoy historical fiction. I’m excited to visit and learn about historical places. I was awed when I visited Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, and stood on the same spot where our soldiers landed during WW II. I was heartbroken gazing down into Pearl Harbor where The Arizona rests, a watery grave to the soldiers whose lives were taken one beautiful Sunday morning. I was thrilled to learn about the brilliance of the Roman civilization in the 1st century A.C., when I traveled to Rome.
Learning has been more and more fun since I became FOF. Dining with my sister and nephew at dinner last week, I listened carefully as she explained to him some of the principles of the global economy. I had a superb meal with two wonderful people and picked up knowledge about an important subject.
I’ve often thought I’d like to go back to school to study subjects including literature, French, economics and history. It’s never too late to learn.