Mr. Sensitive

August 11, 2010

Almost Made It Through

Filed under: Me Myself and I,War and Battle Discussion — lbej @ 15:36
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Hors de combat for ten days now, and running a fever for at least eight days straight.  The girls and I have been alternating between The Civil War and Friends.  Today we doubled up on Civil War episodes, and we did the one with the Gettysburg Address, which I knew could be dicey.  I don’t like to upset the girls by crying because they associate crying exclusively with sadness, not so much with awed, patriotic reverence.  I thought I remembered that the entire speech was recited in the episode, and so I allowed myself a bit of surrepticious tearing up in advance during the account of the battle in hopes that it would dry me out for the real thing.  But oh no.  I really wanted the girls to listen to this perfect speech carefully, but I don’t think they heard any of it because they were focused on why is Daddy sobbing uncontrollably into his pillow.  I didn’t hear it either except for the last line (the best line), but I’ve heard it before.  I was considering watching it again with them but instead I’m going to save that for the next time I’ve got something in my eye and I need to flush it out.  They’ll just have to watch it while I sit upstairs and love President Lincoln from afar.



  1. I thought the post title might be referring to Reagan’s issues with falling asleep during The Civil War. Did she make it this time?

    Comment by Katie — August 11, 2010 @ 16:55 | Reply

    • She did. Jenny struggled more this time.

      Comment by lbej — August 11, 2010 @ 17:22 | Reply

  2. Even though you posted this last week, I wanted to comment on it. I teach this speech. It is incredible, and I love it more every time I read it. His second inaugural address is fantastic, too. They really don’t make them like him anymore. He was a superhuman.

    Comment by M. Eure — August 17, 2010 @ 20:21 | Reply

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