Hello. We are back from "Sick-cation 2011." By that I mean Sam had the flu (Type A, whatever that means) for six straight days. But things are looking up. He's got no fever and a little bit more energy. Today was the first time he'd actually left the building (since last Monday) and was able to breathe some fresh air into his crud-filled lungs.
Thankfully, Sam & Ben had no school today due to it being Presidents Day. I wish I could tell you that we did something thoughtful & creative to honor Presidents Washington & Lincoln . . . but I can't. Or that we went to some play or museum and learned a little bit about each of these great men. But we didn't. We made it as far as Target and then Sam started to look a little pekid and we were getting hungry so we came home.
I adore Lincoln, like so many do. And I love that his family moved here to Illinois when he was 21. I want the boys to know his story. So hopefully this summer we can road trip down to Springfield and visit his home and also check out the Memorial Gardens, which were designed by Jens Jensen. But I don't want to wait that long to start the conversation. So tonight we'll start reading this slim book together.
I got this book at the thrift store for 25 cents. (I think President Lincoln would appreciate my thrift!) It has amazing woodblock prints throughout, which for some reason proved to be insanely difficult to photograph. Oh well, you get the idea. The artist who made them is named Charles Turzak. And it turns out that not only was he born in Illinois (to Czech immigrants) he actually lived in Chicago for much of his life. Check out this site, his work is so gorgeous and quite inspiring.
And so this simple, little book, which is still in print (!) begins, "On February 12, 1809, a boy baby was born in Kentucky. He was born in a little cabin made of logs." Tonight after supper we will honor Abraham Lincoln by reading his story. And talking about his life. That's how you keep the power of a person alive. And when we go around to say what we're each thankful for I'm going to say, first, I am thankful that Sam is getting better and second, I am so grateful that Abraham Lincoln was such a brilliant and brave man.
ps: If I have time in the next week or so, I might actually whip up some Lincoln t-shirts, 'coz Abe is a powerful guy 365 days a year. There's a super helpful tutorial & free template for Lincoln freezer-stencils over at Dana-Made. Or I could also pick up one of these over at Rotofugi. I love the fact that Abe Lincoln is Cool. Very Cool.
pps: It turns out that Dover Publications has reprinted a series of 36 woodcuts of Lincoln that Charles Turzak had originally published in a book for the 1933 Century of Progress Exhibition. It's on sale for ten bucks. A great addition to any Lincoln geek's library.