Today is Columbus Day.
Does your child even know who Christopher Columbus is? Mine didn't. Well, the twins didn't. The older one was a bit sketchy on the details as was her cousin who said "he found America and did something to the Indians."
We don't even get the day off here. I guess the thinking in Hollywood is that it's more of an "East Coast" holiday. After all it's not like he landed in Santa Monica.
Granted, "finding the Americas" might not seem like such a big deal to some kids considering the fact he was on a boat headed in this direction and was bound to run up on land anyway. Plus, the Indians were already here - so didn't THEY discover America? I mean, they were already here. When Christoper Columbus stood on a rock that probably had been used as a washboard for over 1,000 years and proclaimed "I've discovered America!" Don't you wonder if the Indians all looked at each other like "who is this bozo and what's with those pants?"
I know, he was a great man. He was an explorer. To our generation, that was exciting. But has he lost some of his "Sparkle" to our kids' generation?
Maybe he needs to be cooler? Maybe we could do something for his image to make kids remember him and his exploits better.
What do you say we rewrite the history books to say he landed on the Jersey Shore.