Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Heart Of Gettysburg

In the beginning she didn't get it. She thought it was a place to practice cartwheels. To jump from rock to rock. And I couldn't blame her. Everything was so green. So inviting.









But she needed to know the meaning of Gettysburg. And so I told her.





"Thousands of people died in these fields. They fought doing what they believed was right. Can you imagine racing straight towards cannons?"





We saw rows and rows of cannons and yes, soldiers bravely ran towards them.

"That would be scary," Natalie said.

"But they did it. They were someone's son. Brother. Uncle. They mattered. So it's not really appropriate to play around. Do you understand?"



Natalie nodded solemnly. "They gave their lives for their country. Like my Daddy would."




After that I think she understood. The cartwheels stopped.



She actually started reading the placards and memorials about the battles:



Of course we had fun moments. Pretending to fire cannons. A family photo. It didn't have to be completely serious.

But. My daughter said it best.

"They deserve our respect."





She got it.

The heart of Gettysburg.



47 comments:

  1. We visited there for the 1st time this year. My oldest enjoys history and so she really enjoyed it. We took the car tour but it would have neat to do the bike or horseback tour. When we went there was a car show so my 4 yo loved it instead of complaining about anything.

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  2. When anyone speaks about the civil war battle Gettysburg comes to mind. Its nice your daughter visited the place and learnt about the history. These days kids are always on their phones and tabs. Its nice to see her getting to know about the history and culture.

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  3. Always like the places full of sculptures, thank you for introducing one more.

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  4. I love how, just by talking to her about the Battle of Gettysburg, she knew how to act. Kids are so smart!

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  5. aws! how touching is this article! very inspirational and a perfect friday reflective reading! thank you! www.crayonized.com

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  6. I have wanted to go to Gettysburg forever! It is only about a 6 hour drive from me, so I NEED to make a weekend of it sometime soon.

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  7. I would love to visit Gettysburg. I hope we can manage it while we are here. I imagine the history you learn reading all the placards and signs is very informative.

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  8. I have always wanted to go to Gettysburg. We are a history loving family, and try and visit historical locations whenever possible. Hopefully we will get to go one day soon.

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  9. Looks like your family had a great time visiting Gettysburg. Love the "aha" moment. Kids are amazing!

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  10. Wow what an absolutely amazing looking place to visit, I would love to wander around and read about all the battles and history.

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  11. One thing to read about the history and see pictures. But to actually stand and look around where these battles took place makes everything come to life and makes it more real.

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  12. I love your beautiful commentary on each of your stunning images! I'd love to visit Gettysburg someday. My husband and I may be joining my sister and her family on their summer 2018 cross-country road trip that will take us to Gettysburg and a whole host of other exciting and historical places. :-)

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  13. I've always been meaning to visit Gettysburg . Thank you for sharing a glimpse of this historical place as those photos are very meaningful.

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  14. That's fantastic! We love bringing our kids to different sites and sharing the importance of each so they can not just hear about but SEE. I think it makes a big difference :)

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  15. I remember visiting Gettysburg as a child. It's so overwhelming to think of what happened there. But it's great to see when the kids understand what happened.

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  16. I really want to visit Gettysburg! I am so glad that you took your kids.

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  17. Such a meaningful post. Your daughter is so understanding and compassionate.
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  18. What a memorable trip this must have been. I remember visiting DC and Jamestown and a few other historic places when I was younger. I can only dream of taking my children to Arlington National Cemetery one day. My husband also served so our family has a large sense of pride in what so many have sacrificed.

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  19. I think it's always a good idea to take kids on trips where they learn about history and the country that they live in.

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  20. Wow, loved the emotion behind this article. You did a wonderful job explaining the importance of the place and she understood because she was able to relate it to someone she knows and loves. God bless your husband and his service.

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  21. Loved how this piece was written. I really enjoyed how you tied the depth of what took place to a child's understanding.

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  22. I visited Gettysburg a LONG time ago and don't really remember too much of it...I LOVE the picture of your daughter and her dad...such a great comment she made

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  23. I have not been to Gettysburg in years. I really enjoyed it when I went. It would be great to take my kids and let them see the heart of it as well. Great post!

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  24. My husband visited Gettysburg when he was in his teens. He has been wanting to bring us back ever since.

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  25. I love that you took the time to go into the history of this wonderful place! I really hope I can visit there myself one day!

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  26. I haven't been here before but it looks gorgeous. The weather looks beautiful too!

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  27. It was commendable the way she showed her respect post understanding the sacrifices of people. Good read

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  28. What a great learning experience and teaching her the sacrafices people have made. It looked like y'all had a great trip.

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  29. I have never been to Gettysburg but have been to other Civil War battle fields. I want to take my kids sometime when they are older and can understand more.

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  30. I can't even imagine how scary it must have been for those brave soldiers (and there families). Glad you explained and taught your daughter something so important - respect

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  31. Wow! A beautiful place to bring your family. Hopefully we will get to go one day soon.

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  32. I have not heard of Gettysburg before but it is the type of place, I really enjoy visiting. I love history and find it really interesting reading about. What a great thing taking your daughter and teaching her about the sacrifice off others.

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  33. would love to visit Gettysburg. , I really enjoyed your writing :) Thanks for sharing!

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  34. A very well written post. We haven't been there yet with our kids but want to get there sometime in the next few years for a visit.

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  35. I love the history behind Gettysburg. It has always inspired me to do what I can for our country like these men did.

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  36. I agree that kids need to know the meanings of historical sites. I have been to Gettysburg and it is such a moving experience.

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  37. great approach to a sensitive subject! having fun while still learning and taking all the very important things seriously! It's a place I'd love to visit someday too!

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  38. Gettysburg is such an interesting place!

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  39. We haven't gone to Gettysburg yet but my kids wants to see it as they learn it from school and seen in some movies but it is different when you are there. I am sure your daughter has a deeper appreciation of what she've learned.

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  40. I haven't had a chance to visit Gettysburg. It is something that I wish that I had the opportunity to do when I lived in NC.. I was so close. :(

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  41. Natalie is so intelligent and I am so happy that she gets to learn what happen at Gettysburg. Thanks for sharing.

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  42. Your daughter sounds wise beyond her years there! What an important and good place for a Family day trip.

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  43. I've never been here before - but it sounds like a great place for a family day out, learning all the history x

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  44. Just amazing! This place is rich with history! Must have been a terrific place to take your family to. Always up for a great learning experience.

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  45. Aw.. yeah. She got it all right. And fast!
    Gorgeous.

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  46. This was a poignant post! Love how you explained to Natalie the meaning of Gettysburg!

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