In honor of the 152nd anniversary of the day Lincoln gave his historic Gettysburg Address, I thought I’d post this again for memories’ sake. George memorized it in first grade for a Recitation Contest at school. He said it in front of the whole school and took 2nd place in his division!
(And watching this video has made me realize that this was really the last time any of them have memorized anything this lengthy. And also that I should take more videos to embarrass them later on.)
Shortly after the contest, we took a trip into DC and I made him do it again for me in front of the Lincoln Memorial. It just seemed too good an opportunity to pass up, because I knew that he wouldn’t remember it all for long, and we wouldn’t be back in DC for a long time because every time we go there I want to kill my children and it takes a long time to forget how horrible the experience of getting around that city is with small children and no food and no bathrooms (downtown Mall – severely lacking in bathrooms and food).
It was a beautiful spring day. There were a ton of annoying tourists because of the cherry blossoms (we were there right at their peak in March; you can see my post about that here), and it was total chaos at the Lincoln Memorial. It took several tries to get it where there weren’t tweenish girls dancing and mocking us in the background (or George forgetting the words). But finally we got one! It’s still chaotic and noisy, the camera shakes a lot because Thomas kept pulling on my arm, Andrew walks in front of the camera a few times, but it just adds to the realism of the moment. Hey, the Gettysburg Address wasn’t recited in a vacuum, right?
….And then we walked back to the Metro, hungry and tired, Andrew fell into the WWII Memorial fountain, and it was all downhill from there.
Man, good times! We need to go back soon.