A View That Tells A Lot About Us
Ever since I posted this photo a few days ago, friends and coworkers haven't stopped saying how interesting it is. Some have even whispered in my ear that at first, it really didn't look like "ours." As odd as that sounds, I can totally relate. To tell you the truth, I had never walked that close to the Capitol's east entry until the day I took this photo; not once in the last three years that I've lived here, not when I've attended ceremonies there, not even on my high school bus trip back in - well, you don't want to know.
I believe there are a few things going on here. First, there's the new Capitol Visitor Center, which opened in December 2008. If you haven't visited since it's opening, you definitely should; it's beautiful. It's a grand experience compared to the old entrance, and explains why I didn't know it was there. Next is the issue of obstruction. Despite it's height advantage, the Capitol is surrounded by trees and buildings; so unless you live across the street, the dome is about all most people see every day as we're moving around the town. Lastly, there's routine. I live and work in southwest, so I'm never close to the Capitol on the east side unless I'm driving by.
Needless to say, I'm glad I finally stopped by. What a tribute to our great nation. It's fountains, lights, pillars and stone entry are majestic, and symbolize the strength, perseverance and longevity of the American spirit.
So if you haven't been for a walk around the Capitol in a while (or ever!), consider spending some time on the grounds this summer. If you're like me, you'll leave with a renewed sense of our strengths, what we've done and what we are capable of accomplishing together as a nation, despite any differences, failings or tragedies. Encouraging thoughts for challenging times. RAH