I made two important discoveries on my brief trip to Illinois last week. The first was this incredible hand-made quilt that was on a bed in my sister's house. The intricate detail on this old family quilt is amazing. Isn't it beautiful? The second thing I discovered was the Lincoln Museum in Springfield. The exhibits were outstanding. The one thing that surprised me was just how unpopular and reviled Lincoln was as President. Even his wife did not escape scathing verbal attacks. One part of the exhibit displayed all the nasty cartoons of the day that attacked Abraham Lincoln. The one depicting him as a monkey reminded me of similar cartoons of President Obama. Lincoln must have been a very strong man to lose three of his four young sons and bear the burden of his wife's grief and a nation embroiled in civil war. His photos throughout his term up until his assassination, show an ever growing sorrow etched upon his face. He saw that his mission was to preserve the union of all the states and he gave his life for it. I left the museum realizing what a true hero he was and what incredible strength of character and wisdom he must have possessed to withstand the fierce winds that buffeted him.
If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. Abraham Lincoln