Friday, January 29, 2016
A Couple of Thoughts
Today is Kansas Day celebrating the birth of the state in 1861. I loved learning Kansas history in grade school, and we always celebrated the day at school. After Christmas (before MLK Day), it was a long haul to the February holidays. It was a nice break in January to have a sunflower cookie or some sunflower seeds in honor of our state's birthday.
In my late adult life I have learned some of the uglier stories of Kansas which were linked to how our Union was formed and cemented together. In recent years I have not always been proud of some of the events taking place in my home state. However, overall I love Kansas like that peculiar aunt on a branch of the family tree that gives both pause and pleasure.
How can one not love the Flint Hills, the cow towns, the breadbasket elevators that feed the world with rich grains, the home of Pizza Hut, the home of IKE, the birthplace of Amelia Earhart, and home of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz along with much more!
Happy Birthday, Kansas!
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