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... br> As we contemplated our impending life in Zimbabwe, we considered the lessons we may learn from the colonial trailblazers in Williamsburg: Devika hooted and hollered, celebrating the freedom to use her "outside voice;" Neela embodied the Protestant work ethic as she doggedly wiggled her first loose tooth; Chaaya was the very personification of British stoicism as she admirably withstood a wicked yellow jacket sting with barely a whisper. Our work here was done. ...
... birthday is the 29th and we weren't sure exactly where we'd be, so we celebrated early. Tonight we took a tour, again in candlelight, called the Ghosts Among Us. It too had historical impetus as all of the stories involved actual residents of Williamsburg. We also explored Jamestown,(they've done a lot of new excavation) and were able to learn so many new things about America's first settlement. I knew that Yorktown had been a decisive battle in the revolution, but ...
... went to Colonial Williamsburg and got multi-day tickets. It is much larger than when I was here in 1977. So there is much more to see. Today it was rainy and Steve had never seen Monticello. So we drove about 100 miles, and out of the rain, to see Jefferson's home. Things have changed there as well. There is much more discussion about the dichotomy of Jefferson's position on the equality of all men and hatred of slavery, while continuing to be a slave owner. They are also rebuilding ...
... shop assistants and carriage drivers were dressed up in period costume. One man in particular obviously loved his job, and it was so nice to see. Everywhere we saw him he would tip his hat and wish us a good day, or comment on the lovely weather. These small experiences throughout a day often make it so much more memorable!
We bought a snack from the bakehouse which we ate watching tourists scurry up and down Main Street, horses and ...
... when asked about slave ownership, they respond with sort of a "why not" approach to things since all Virginia landowners at the time would own and need slaves.
In contrast, we enjoyed a tour of a wealthy plantation owner's home given by a black woman. She put a fascinating spin on the question of whether a slave should take freedom offered by the Brits (since they needed more help to put down the seditious colonist rabble) or remain ...