Did you know that on THIS day in history, two gentlemen, by the name of Watson and Crick discovered the chemical structure of DNA? It happened in 1953. It was a really big deal -- obviously, and probably impacted your high school science classes. It was a big deal and they won a Nobel prize for it.
Here's a fun fact that's not included in the story, though. Right before they announced their "amazing discovery" they had been studying the research of Rosalind Franklin. SHE was working with another scientist Maurice Wilkins. Their work was essential in Watson and Crick's discovery, so of course they credited Wilkins' research. They never said a word about Rosalind. Do you think it was because her name was hard to spell? I mean, it couldn't be because she was a woman, right?
In 1983, the very last episode of MASH aired. I am still traumatized by it. It was a little dark because, you know, war is kind of dark. I was young and stayed up late to watch it -- and it really bummed me out. Also, it was once pointed out to me that the actor who played Radar had some irregularities with his hand, and so always hid it by holding a clipboard or something. Now, it is the only thing I can see -- Radar hiding his hand. Thanks for that.
In 1993, we had that whole fiasco at the Branch Davidian compound forever causing me to have serious doubts about Waco, Texas. I realize it isn't fair to base my opinions on one lone incident, but it is the FIRST thing I think of if you say Waco. Sorry.
I wonder what THIS DAY IN HISTORY will say about February 28, 2017. Surely, they will not remember that I had TWO meetings after school and got home late. They won't note that internet complications made access to some important programs complicated at school. They certainly won't list that it was the day that my children set a world record for petty bickering. (A record only to be broken on March 1st).
Here's something history SHOULD remember. A box was delivered at our school today, and it made tons of kids smile. I handed a button to a 4th grade girl, who drew in a breath with shock and pride. "This was sent to us by Pamela." I told her. "Do you know who she is?"
"She's the teacher on the computer!" She whispered, holding the button reverently.
"Yes, and she heard about how hard you are all working to learn HTML/CSS. She is really proud of you guys." I told her, and the rest of the class. "And this is for you because you've done some really advanced work building your website."
It was a beautiful moment, on an ordinary day. But maybe years from now, that same girl will remember. Maybe she will run some company no one has ever even dreamed of yet and sitting on her desk will be a button that reads, "Talk HTML to Me." A day not mentioned by history, but a day significant in her history. It is not rhetoric to say that if you invest in a child, you invest in the future. The smallest things can carry the deepest meanings, and the most ordinary moments can redirect the course of a life.
"Let us not become weary in doing good . . ."