Day 12 of the WWFC blog writing extravaganza happens to fall on the day I have to take valium and prepare for my 11:00 back procedure…. ROUND TWO. So I am playing the “short post” card. I’m sure you understand!
Today’s blog writing challenge theme is, “The day I met Abraham Lincoln.” I had several ideas for this post:
- Write in the voice of a farm child who happens upon young Lincoln. Lincoln is splitting wood on his own farm.
- Write in the voice of a slave who briefly meets Lincoln along the road.
- Write in the voice of a young woman who is secretly drawn to Lincoln.
But alas, between work and home responsibilities, I had no time to give those ideas my full attention. And so I pondered…. If I could go back in time as myself and actually talk to Lincoln, what would I say?
My initial thoughts were to thank him for what he did for our country. Or to ask him for advice on how to be a good person in today’s busy and over-electronified world. Or to simply bow at his feet.
Then I made up my mind. I would tell him not to go to the play in which he would be shot.
Think about it. What if you could tell Lincoln about his assassination before it happened. Would you do it? If he knew about it, would he still allow it to happen? Or would he stay as far away from Ford’s Theater as possible?
What if telling him about the assassination changed everything? Would telling him set off a chain reaction, causing all of his good to become undone?
Would YOU tell Lincoln about John Wilkes Booth?