I hated History at school. It probably didn’t help that my teacher was old enough to be in a museum. However, she proved she had a young heart when we visited the British Museum on a field trip to see the Tutankhamen exhibition.
How? I caught her reading The Beano on the train.
But I digress.
This is Frank’s challenge this week, and his topics and photos are much more interesting than mine!
Frank used this lovely picture in May, and for that challenge I wrote about my Mum, my bear, and my Dad’s cardy!
This time however, I’m going back to school, and a comment from my Maths teacher (who was equally old and spinsterish as were 98% of the grammar school staff then).
During an algebra class, a plane flew overhead, and looking at the sky she suddenly changed the subject saying what a miracle flight was.
A boring lesson suddenly became alive with her thoughts on The Wright Brothers and how the birth of planes had been a part of history during her lifetime. I don’t think she ever had such an attentive audience thereafter, but it does make you think, doesn’t it.
I was 35 before I had my first flight. Totally awesome, and Hubby asked the stewardess if I could possibly go up and meet the Captain in the front cabin. Wow.
With her thoughts in mind, I’ve been thinking about modern history, and what truly outstanding events have occurred during my life.
Top of my list has to be the Moon Landing in July 1969. I remember being allowed to stay up into the middle of the night and watch on TV as that first step was taken.
Fast forward and just over 20 years later, The Berlin Wall came down.
Then we had the horrors of 9/11 in 2001, a time when I was working for an American Bank.
More recently, our Queen, Elizabeth II, has become the longest reigning monarch of our country.
There are obviously other things of significance worldwide that have happened since 1956.
However, my Personal History was archived in 1989, the year I met Hubby.
None of it mattered apart from it being a learning curve and stepping stone to the person I am today.