Tennis shoes treading ancient paths. Earbuds being removed to catch the whispers of past generations. Fingers skilled with game controllers stroking the banisters gripped by those who signed the Founding Documents. Eyes adapted to fast-moving images and flashes of bright colors viewing the faded ink of words that made a dream, reality. When past and present collide, a teacher can only ask, “Will there be a lasting impression made on their hearts?”
As I walked where the Founding Fathers walked; sat where they sat; and gazed upon the monuments and memorials dedicated to the lives and deaths of the patriots and heroes who changed the course of history, I was moved. I read the words of the giants of our land, words about honor, valor, education, etiquette, loyalty, integrity, justice, and virtue. These people lived what they believed; they lived in a time when great expectations were held for all men and those expectations were usually met.
We speak of these men with respect and we reflect with awe upon their accomplishments. Yet I challenge every citizen of the United States of America: do such accomplishments, expectations, and integrity of character have to be history? When past and present collide, the future can be made.