Friday, June 20, 2014

The Constitutional Signatures....More than Names on a Page

The room is kept dark. The glass thick. Guards and crowds abound. But for one moment in time, I was inches from names I've come to know well. 

The Constutional signers.

Washington's bold hand.
Franklin's swirl.
Madison's tight precise and careful lettering.
And Alexander Hamilton's name almost squeezed in. (Since he couldn't vote but wanted New York included in the historic creation.)

I am lucky enough to talk about these men. To try bring them off the flat pages of history to 13 and 14 year olds.  And I work to plant the seed of democracy and freedom in my students' hearts. To help them gain an appreciation for the miracle that was created that day in Philadelphia.

And today, I stood inches from their names and marveled.

And yes, it brought tears to my eyes.

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