History hasn’t always been my favorite subject. As I have grown older, I realized the importance of learning from our past and now enjoy it. Although I avoid political controversy, elections of those who represent us are critical to our country’s survival. We have had some great presidents to look to for role models.
Recently, I saw a bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln. Immediately, I asked my husband to take a picture of me with our 16th president. As he snapped the photo, I thought of how great it would be to meet Lincoln. He has always been my favorite president. When I was little and spoke of Lincoln, I referred to him as, “Honest Abe.” I loved his stove pipe hat and the fact that he was on both the penny and the five dollar bill.
As I grew older and read more about Lincoln, I learned that he was a self-taught man from humble beginnings with a reputation as an eloquent opponent of slavery. I admired how he held onto his beliefs at a time when it was not popular to do so. People did not expect great things from this man, but God had other plans. Even today, I still value the strength of his character.
As my husband took the photos of me standing by his statue, the famous words Abraham Lincoln said echoed in my mind: “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom… and that government of the people… by the people… for the people… shall not perish from the earth.” Even though it was just a statue of this man, I felt the presence of greatness. Thank you, Abraham Lincoln, for giving our leaders an example to follow, and for us to consider as we go to the polls tomorrow.