Friday, March 18, 2011
2011 has really been a rough year for us so far.
And it's only March!
There's been ill health - we've all take our turn at being sick, and the viruses seem to linger longer than usual.
Car problems - oh boy! have we had the car problems: an accident nearly totaled my wife's car, my van has been in the shop more than out of the shop, and a ball-joint bar snapped on my mother's car.
My job situation seems to be getting more precarious with a new Michigan governor who seems to believe laying off millions of union employees (through the fine art of privatization) will somehow strengthen the economy of our state.
The political climate in our country is more divided than I have ever witnessed.
Then there is the awful devastation of Japan and the scary situation in the middle east.
And, finally, this past Monday we had to put our dog, Spencer, to sleep. That was so very hard. We literally went into mourning for the entire day. I know some may think that odd, but we had our devoted pet for over 13 years.
Is it any wonder I am ready to escape into the world of living history?
I know what you're thinking - "Ken, you are leaving the 21st century with all of its ills to go to the mid-19th century which has many ills all of its own!"
I know that. The difference is, I can control what happens while practicing living history. For instance, when my sons get "killed" on the battlefield, they 'magically' come back to life after the battle ends. And we always have plenty of food no matter what time of year it is!
The fact of the matter is that I really enjoy it when my family and I wear the 1860's clothing, and I love being a part of a group of like-minded historians where wonderful discussions take place. It's also a great feeling knowing when I speak to visitors I am showing them history in such a way that a history book cannot.
And, self-improvement in all manners of this hobby, to me, is a necessity, and I find that with each new bit of information that I learn and am able to share, the more excited I get about it!
In the coming two months myself and a few other members of our group will be speaking to the children of numerous schools. Imagine that! Me, a lowly janitor, being sought by members of the educational system to teach history to their classrooms! And the kids respond very well to our teaching method. I love being a sort of specialist in my field.
The season is approaching...and I can't wait to get away!