When I was growing up we used to get Lincoln's birthday off from school. At the beginning of February teachers would put his picture up on classroom wall, and sometimes we would make log cabins out of pretzel sticks. Other years we would make black top hats out of construction paper to wear as we had a party in the classroom in his honor.
EVERYONE knew about Abe Lincoln: He was honest, he walked a long way to return a book he had borrowed, he studied in front of the fire in his cabin.
It wasn't until much later that we delved into the horrors of the Civil War and his years of leadership in a very troubled time.
The one fact that we all knew by heart though was: "President Lincoln freed the slaves."
A few years ago I was working in an elementary school. I had a chance to talk to some kids; they were probably around seven, eight or nine years old.
I asked them who Lincoln was. They were not sure.
I asked them who Martin Luther King was.
They all agreed that King had been a President of the United States.
They firmly disagreed with me when I informed them otherwise.
I'm a big fan of Google. Today when I went to the Google home page I noticed that the colorful Google letters were in usual style.
The Google logo is often changed to give a nod to specific holidays.
The 50th anniversary of Lego bricks was honored on January 28th for instance. You can see some of the logo changes here.
And incidently, Martin Luther King has been honored every year on his birthday for the past several years.
Curiously, and outrageously, the same has not been true for any of the birthdays of Mr. Lincoln.
I guess freeing the slaves and being President just isn't important enough to warrant a Google logo.
Honestly. What ever is the world coming to when Lego blocks trumps a history changing President.
Or freeing people from the horrors of slavery.
If you wish to remind yourself about the details of Mr. Lincoln's life, here is a link to a site about him and his life. Perhaps you would like to spread the word about his life today as well by noting that today is his birthday on your blog too!
Please share a memory in the comments of this blog of how you used to celebrate Mr. Lincoln's birthday as a child if you have a memory of doing so. I'd really be interested in learning how other parts of the country celebrated his birthday.
(PS: I intend to email google about this as well. Feel free to drop them a line too. Click here to write to them.)
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
In honor of....
Happy 199th Birthday Mr. Lincoln!