Friday, October 23, 2009
Last Christmas my mom, who's always had a knack for picking out great gifts, gave David a series on the life of John Adams. I yawned. David was exceedingly excited. But, as our life goes, there have not many nights when we've settled in before the television during this seminary season. This week while he was sick, though, David took advantage of the need to lie motionless on the couch by popping in his John Adams series. Consequently, he's talked of little else. I rolled my eyes...thinking of some dry historian reading pages from a book....until I sat down for a few minutes to watch one with him. I was instantly hooked and can hardly wait to watch more of the series! These videos, based on the book by John McCullough,are an intriguing blend of American history, biographical information about our nation's 2nd president and compelling patriotism. In this retelling, history becomes the living story it was meant to be.
I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth. ~ John Adams