The Capitol

Hello everyone. I am writing from Virginia and I have to tell you, yesterday was one of the most thrilling days of my life. No, not Disney, I went to Washington DC. I cannot wait to go back and I cannot wait until my grandchildren are old enough to go with me.

While we did walk for miles, we only managed the outdoor memorials. Regrettably, there wasn’t time for more than one Smithsonian. We did go into the Renwick Art Gallery, and it was stunning. The art in there deserves hours despite it being a small place in comparison to the other Smithsonian buildings. I decided I need three days for the Smithsonian alone on my next trip.

The White House is small and plain compared to the architecture of some of the buildings in the nearby vicinity. I found it remarkable in its startling white-ness. How do they keep it so white, or is it naturally so and unaffected by minerals in the rain and smog from buses and cars? I have now researched the answer but I will leave it for you who are curious to find.

What I most felt standing out front is the impression of history and struggles by the occupants to run a country of individuals each going their own direction. Rather than grandeur, I sensed that the the purpose in this simple building is running the people’s business. As I gazed at this beautiful marble home that has housed so much responsibility through so many wars and difficult times, I was truly in awe of anyone wanting to take on the responsibility, thankful, yet in awe. I couldn’t do it.

The words of Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln are as large and important as their beautiful memorials. I could not help but think of our Second Amendment fight of late when I read Jefferson’s words about the need for change as our society grows enlightened. He was truly a man for all ages. Of all the wars commemorated on the Mall in Washington, the Korean War Memorial remains in my head as the most vivid. It is haunting and ghostly and in so being truly told me the experience of the men who went to battle there. And finally, there is Arlington National Cemetery, a place every American should visit, if for no other reason than to get a tiny sense of how many individuals have given their lives for this country. I was lucky enough to catch the changing of the guard. It is stirring to see such respect and honor kept 24/7 (no matter the weather) for those who have gone before. God Bless America.

About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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