Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Wednesday French Inspiration

Statue of Charlemagne outside of Notre Dame

History has NEVER been my subject. The issues always seem so distant and unimportant to me. However, there is something about France that inspires me to know of its history. Paris itself holds historic reminders around every corner, and somehow the history comes alive and awakens a desire for me to know more. Instead of the struggling to make it through the hour of talking about people and places that seem so distant, you are standing in places that history has made and carved. I love Paris for many reasons, one of those many reasons is its history. It is this history that gives it its beauty and wonder. So as I looked at the statue of Charlemagne (Charles the Great) I think of this.

On a more personal level, I apply this same reasoning to why the people in our daily life as beautiful to us. The more we know about how and why a person has become who they are; the more we are able to see their beauty. I have always been the one of my siblings to ask my parents the stories of their youth, and how they met and fell in love. I have enjoyed asking my grandmother similar questions. I love hearing these stories and understanding these people who have so much meaning in my life.

So history may not be my subject, but I've learned that I do not hate history when I can experience it. When reading words that lack a personal knowledge and connection history is a bore, but when I am connected i want to know more. Just like a good book, it draws you in.

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L.T. Elliot said...

I'm a history nut but only for the reasons you listed. I like to connect to someone/thing and know why it turned out the way it did. I love the connections, the stories. It all comes back to story.

Merrianne said...

this is a wonderful post!

Becca said...

I'm a casual history lover - mostly what I find in the fiction I love. This is a great post. I wonder, in living in VA Beach, do you know John and Abbi Penn? Just curious - they just moved away...