Topic: "Birthday Buddies" (7)
Mention birthdays in February and Frodo was quick to identify how many Mondays off he got during good ole February. For many years, the birthdays of both Washington and Lincoln were celebrated by extracurricular non-vocational activity. Somewhere along the way PRESIDENTS DAY came into being, and February became more like October. Tomorrow is one of the days once part of Frodo's February twosome. Reminiscing over a February holiday is not a routine event for the Hobbit, so it is worthwhile to note that the 12th day of February is also the birthday of Charles Darwin.
Darwin was born within four hours of Abraham Lincoln on that identical day in a long ago February. It makes Frodo wonder if there wasn't something truly wonderful in the water back then? The most inspiring of our national leaders and the most adventuresome of scientific pioneers wrapped together in the quixotic interplay of role reversals. Lincoln, of course, was killed before he could realize his life-long desire to travel across the Continental Divide to California, and Darwin, who used the HMS BEAGLE in order to travel to the remoteness of the Galapagos and count iguanas, and boobies, and tortoises; then to theorize in similar manner to the Newtonian falling apple.
Frodo has always been fascinated by the concept of greatness. What is it about the Mona Lisa that puts a singular portrait above the hundreds of thousands collecting dust in the basements of museums? Why does one man rise above all others to accept responsibility without reward, as say an Albert Schweitzer? Is it simply the search for truth that put Galileo in the sights of a Pope or two?
Frodo thinks it was the water.
Anybody for the celebration of clean water, maybe on some other Monday in February?