Wednesday, November 25, 2009
389 years ago....
106 passengers spent 65 days in the dark...
Storms blew their tiny ship.
Many were sick. The smell was terrible.
Some slept in hammocks, others on hard beds.
On November 11, 1620 land was sighted.
The next twelve months brought cold, disease and death. 47 Pilgrims and half of the Mayflower's crew died that year.
In October of 1621 the Pilgrims and Native People gathered together and feasted for three days. They had survived so much and gave thanks.
Today our family visited the Mayflower II, an exact replica of the original Mayflower. It complemented our studies on the Pilgrims and their journey. While the Pilgrims were stuffy and humorless, they were also brave beyond words. Walking aboard their ship on a cold and drizzling day gave us a new appreciation for all that we have.
Though conditions are dark for many right now, we continue to enjoy our life in a country where anything is possible and courage is so often rewarded.