Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Sentimental Sap...

That's me.
I know it's a line from a Rogers & Hart song, too. "I'm a sentimental sap,that's all...."

Today just proved it. We were studying about George Washington in our history lesson. We talked about Paul Revere briefly during our reading and I decided to get the "Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" from the library.

I was reading it and actually got choked up. I couldn't believe it. I was a bit shocked at myself.
Then at the back of the book was this fantastic little history lesson about the Revere's ride and capture and the fights at Concord & Lexington.

I had requested a movie from the American Heroes set about George Washington. It was a well done animation segment about small bits of Washington's career. I got a bit choked up again telling the kids that Valley Forge was not a pleasant place. I got got choked up when they showed Washington kneeling in the snow and praying...and showed him surviving a canon blast. God had protected him and it was just really fun to watch and share with the kids.

Then G-man started shouting, "Yay! George Washington!!!"
and that just did me in.

I'm a sentimental sap.
I love my country. I love the heritage we have - and I hate to think that so many kids don't realize and see God's hand on the start of the country. And the blessings we have now.

I'm a sentimental sap.


Cajun Mama said...

I do the same thing!

I never knew I felt so strongly about history (particularly American history) until we started homeschooling.
There are times when I cannot get through a lesson without taking a break to collect myself. lol

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one. :-)

KarenW said...

I'm right there with you! You should have seen me reading The Hiding Place out loud. At some points, there were more tears than words.

Sounds like you're having a fun history lesson!

Vicki said...


I was born and raised near Valley Forge, Brandywine, Philly... So I grew up with a strong sense of being an American. Gee, I even was around to celebrate the bicentenial in 1976! I'm a direct decendant of a signer of the Declaration of Independence furthering my feelings about American history.

You are so right that God blessed this country! A point too many Americans don't seem to get.

Keep up the great work teaching!
You rock!

The Gang's Momma! said...

I am right there with you. I cry about all that historical stuff. I could hardly stand being at Gettysburg when I was pregnant - hormones and sappy history - The Boss just did not know what to do with me! I still cry when I hear the Star Spangled Banner - even at the SuperBowl and stuff. Ugh.

What a great chance you have to impart that to the kiddoes - I agree with B&B - You rock! :)

Monkey Giggles said...

I do those same kind of things. I can cry at the drop of a hat. My kids look at me sometimes with the weirdest looks.

Anonymous said...

Me too! :o)