The Professor told me that today is Constitution Day, a day to celebrate the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. I am not a history buff, but I have to believe the process to complete this document had to be contentious at the time. So many details to resolve, so many people with strong beliefs trying to do what they believed was right. The signing must have been the culmination of long years of arguing, proposing, fighting, compromising, thinking, discussing, more arguing — nothing that monumental is easy.
The more things change, the more things stay the same?
Something about the fact that my son can now remind me of important things I used to know but have now forgotten — and there are so, so many — something about that feeling made me remember this photo, and how I wondered what he was thinking about that day as he stood looking out at the world, under the flag. There is a good chance that he was looking at a bug, and sincerely hoping it would not crawl toward his foot. There is a minuscule chance that he was thinking about our founding fathers signing the constitution. But when I look at that picture, I think of him looking toward the future and what it may hold, all the things he is learning and which ones he will remember.