Tuesday, February 18, 2014

President's Day

We are so proud of Dagny. Here she is, reading her winning historical fiction about the life of a particular child changing during the Revolutionary War to the local DAR chapter. All the winning stories had a few things in common: details, details, details woven into the narrative. As Patti Gauch says, "there is no fiction without facts." Dagny tugged at the heartstrings by killing off the father. Yes, it was a cheap shot, but it works. How else can we test our mettle unless there is suffering and adversity?

Below, we are all together, along with the principal of Divine Redeemer Catholic School. Dagny's English teacher couldn't make it, but we are so thankful she pushes the children to do their best. It's no easy task.


Afterwards we got a tour of the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon. I don't know whether you can really see the Roman groin arch, but it is amazing to see bricks from that period. This structure has withstood earthquakes, hurricanes, and gunfire, nad whatnot. In 1965, there were some excavations and they discovered the original seawall that was built in the 1600s.

In this dungeon pirates were held until they were hanged by the marsh. Later, the dungeon held the patriots before they were executed by the British. Sometimes I wonder whether I would have the courage to die for what I believe. I hope so, but Lord, don't put me to the test.
Original sea-wall built in 1600s

Blackbeard with Gentleman Pirate
The Post Office at the Exchange (above the dungeon)

How fitting to pose with George Washington!


Faith E. Hough said...

Congratulations, Dagny!!
And, wow, what a cool place! There aren't many sites in the U.S. with that much history.

Mirka Breen said...

How lovely and proud (in the good sense) you all look.
I must say that this^ Washington looks entirely too tall. He must have grown a bit in the last century or two.

Gary Ludlam said...

How wonderful! Congratulations! Your children are amazingly creative, and you do a great job directing that creativity in positive directions. With mom's example, I bet we'll be seeing stories by Dagney Bodach in print before we know it!

Evelyn said...

Congratulations to Dagney! And what a great family picture. So glad you shared with us. It's great to be there where you can live the history of those earlier times.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a fascinating place and CONGRATULATIONS to Dagny!

Vijaya said...

Thank you all so much. We were surprised and delighted.

Faith, living in a place where so much is preserved is a great blessing.

Mirka, GW was 6'3" so they chose the right man for it. I'm just too short.

Gary, I think boredom is the mother of creativity. From the time the kids were little, I insisted on quiet time; they developed a love of reading, writing, and drawing. Dagny might become the next James Herriot :)

Ev, I appreciate the history so much more now.

Marcia, you can smell the dankness of the dungeon.

Marcia said...

Congratulations to Dagny. Sometimes I'm envious that you have so much more history on the east coast. You all look great.