Today is Columbus Day. I remember this 'Day' from earliest childhood. It was always a day off of school. All the Italians in the neighborhood used to 'party hearty'. And we all (all of us children) heard the story of how America was discovered by Columbus, how he was so brave because everybody thought the world was flat and his sailors were afraid they'd sail off the edge of the earth. Really. That's what we were taught.
Now, of course, the picture has changed a bit, and the things being taught in our schools are closer to the truth, Texas School Board notwithstanding. We know now that the world was known to be a sphere; the Vikings, the Chinese and the Polynesians ALL preceded Columbus in discovery, and we know, now, that C. Columbus was NOT a nice man. There are times when one begins to understand what is meant by "Ignorance is Bliss".
Schools are off today in most places. I wish I was.
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Yesterday, we had a family gathering. In-laws and cousins galore. Many photographs were taken. We'll see some of them tomorrow.