Stand in rooms

A ROOM CAN be an interesting place.

It can be a place for a person to express himself or herself, or it can be a place for governments to conduct their business.

A room can be a place where life begins, and a room can be a place where it ends.

On our last family vacation to Washington D.C., I stood in the room where Abraham Lincoln died.

A little while earlier, I’d stood in the room where he’d watched a play and peered into the balcony box where he was shot.

We’d walked across the street, up the Petersen House steps, through the house and into the back room where the nation’s 16th president took his last breath.

I stood in the room and thought about the most famous words spoken in the moments after Lincoln’s death.

United States Secretary of War Edwin Stanton said, “Now he belongs to the ages.”

The ages since have remembered Lincoln as one of the greatest presidents in the nation’s history.

I am in my room for the night.

I figured I’d turn on the TV, and I’m watching a documentary on History.

It’s now gotten to the point where America tore apart, and it has reminded me of my moments in those two Washington D.C. rooms last year.

It was a sobering experience for a history lover to stand in rooms where history’s course changed.


This post is a response to Sue’s prompt, which is, “room.”

6 Comments

  1. Casey: Very good! Yes, rooms have made history. I too have had the privilege to stand in a few. One was the room where Corrie Ten Boone helped hide Jewish families from the Nazis. I have also stood in the room where Martin Luther declared “Here I stand so help me God”. I have also stood int the room where he translated the Bible into German and is reported to have thrown an ink well at the Devil. I have stood in the rooms of Nazi death camps where do manyJewish men and women were slaughtered. I have stood in the room where the X-Ray was invited ( a very interesting story). And on the list goes. Yes, rooms have made history, both good and bad.But thank God for the good ones and may we learn from the bad ones how not to repeat the horrors. A good post. God bless!

  2. Casey: one example. Professor Wilhelm Roentgen, of Wurzburg, Germany (where I spent 14 years of my life) invented the X Ray inn his office after hours because he has a nagging wife. The Germans have a quaint saying “Thank God for a nagging wife”. As Paul Harvey would say “That’s the rest of The story”.

    1. Haha. That’s wonderful. Does your iPad have a Voice memo app on it? That works well for talking into to speak all of your stories if you don’t want to type them. I don’t know if all iPads have recording capabilities or not, though.

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