February 12, 2009

A Log Cabin Memory

Today, 200 years ago, Abraham Lincoln was born at Sinking Spring farm, not far from present Hodgenville, Kentucky. As best as I remember, I was about nine years old when Dad took our family to see the log cabin Lincoln was born in. I remember the large number of steps up to the memorial building which housed the log cabin. I remember running up and down the steps several times, as little kids will do, probably driving my parents crazy.

Entering the stone memorial, I looked at the small cabin in awe. I remember thinking this was the real McCoy, the actual log cabin at the actual place, and they had built the memorial shrine around it. I saw a sign that read something about the log cabin being a representation of Lincoln's birthplace. I asked my Dad what it meant and after he told me I felt a disappointment that lasted the rest of the day. Happy Lincoln's Birthday everyone, America owes a lot to this man.

Lincoln quotes:

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."

"A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me."

"Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?"

"And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."

"You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was."


  1. Wonderful post, especially since I love all things Lincoln. He was a charming and witty man, wasn't he? I always thought it was odd about the replica cabin.

  2. off topic.. just read your latest comment and i wanted to thank you for the sweet words about my girl's talent.. appreciate it very much!! also.. you're correct.. it is very exciting news.. and i can't wait to share!