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Ummm, this is it?!

Where did all the history go?

Did I inadvertently sign up for History lite? Or perhaps somebody got a little edit happy and pulled out all the good parts of history to leave this shell behind? I mean, come on. The book is only an inch thick! What happened to the 3+ inch volumes that we had to lug around in our backpacks when we were in high school? Did they finally figure out that all that weight is not good for growing boys and girls? Ah, so this would explain my measly 5’6” frame… 

For those of you wondering what the hell I’m complaining about, this is not me complaining. This is me breathing a deep, huuuuuuuge sigh of relief. If History books had looked like this in high school maybe I would have cared a little more, possibly paid closer attention (ok, probably not, I was a teenage girl after all!). Nothing like going into a class and realizing you have to get through an entire encyclopedia volume in 9 months. A little daunting…But this! This is merely a novel, a scant 500 pages of glorious history telling! (I’m really trying to ramp this up in my head…) 

So, let’s get this party started! First assignment, read the first 50 pages. Sounds easy enough…


Today is the day!!

Holy cow! I start my History class today! I get to relearn about Columbus, the Puritans, the first Thanksgiving, how we took this land from the Indians, all the way through to the end of the Civil War. Woohoo!!!!!!!

Ok, maybe I’m not that excited. I HATED History when I was in school. I mean really hated it. It didn’t interest me in the least. However, I do find myself much more curious about it the older I get. Maybe it’s because I have a husband who is a World War II fanatic so we end up watching the History Channel a lot. Of course, he used to sit at the knee of his grandfather as he was told first hand stories of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and how his grandfather was blown off the West Virginia (or the Missouri…ugh, I can NEVER remember which ship he was on!) and how he was in the water with burning oil surrounding him. I think that would have peaked my interest as well…

It could also be that a few years ago I started to research my family tree. Finding out why my ancestors left their native lands to come here has been an interesting journey. There are a lot of politics and economic issues that I COMPLETELY missed my first time around in History, so I’m kind of looking forward to that.

But at the same time, I am nervous about starting classes. As if my life wasn’t busy enough, from my 16 year old high school varsity cheerleader who’s dating a football player (mom’s, you know that keeps me up at night…) to my 6 year old 1st grade twins. I mean, I already have to do homework with them every night! Hmmmm, I wonder if they’ll be able to help me with my homework…no, probably not. 😦 Not to mention my hubby who, while being very supportive of this new direction I’m taking, requires some quality time as well. Cloning myself is sounding mighty tempting at the moment, except I’m sure the thought of more than one of me would scare the hell out of my family. 🙂

So, today I pick up my history book, and if memory serves, I might need a back brace to be sure I don’t hurt myself lifting it. At least it’s an online class, so I can sit at my computer in my jammies if I want to and nobody will care…

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