JR likes to read books about presidents and significant individuals from the founding fathers to around the Second World War. He's rather eclectic in his interests. One of his favorites is Franklin Roosevelt. When he found out that there was a new (for him) memorial he just had to go.
This memorial is separated into room-like gardens with statuary mingled around each room. As soon as JR saw it he wished I had been able to be there. I love statuary gardens.
I'm not the Roosevelt scholar like JR is but I think that a man that makes statements like this was pretty much ahead of his time.
Each room has at least one waterfall.
According to the National Parks website; "The waterfalls throughout the memorial are there for several reasons. First, they are symbolic of FDR’s connection to and love of water (he was Assistant Secretary of the Navy during World War I). Second, they block out some of the noise from the airport located directly across the Potomac River."
They are so practical. We put water features at our home because I love the sound of water and I'm a bit of a eastern religion/hippy/zen weirdo because I insist that all our water features be near a door. Keeps out the evil spirits, don't ya know.
He was voted in for an unheard of 4 terms during one of the most difficult times in U.S. history. He presided over the country during WWII and the Great Depression.
Where farmers and urban dwellers like were losing their jobs, homes, farms and families. My aunts remember the Great Depression. They still don't eat beans or onions because they ate them so often during the depression. My grandfather dug up his backyard lawn to put in a large vegetable garden in order to feed his family, which he tended until he died in 1973.
Roosevelt's fireside chats became legendary. He used the radio to keep the people of the U.S. informed, to promote his agenda (the New Deal) and to give hope to the citizens.
It would be nice if politicians of today remembered that they have jobs because the American people have trusted them to do the right thing.
Roosevelt was stricken with polio. He never walked without aid again. The media respected the privacy of presidents and the American people really were not aware that he had a disability. From the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library;
"On August 10, 1921, FDR developed acute symptoms of poliomyelitis while visiting his summer home on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada. He was thirty-nine years old. Based on the incubation period of the polio virus, it is believed that FDR most likely was infected while visiting a large Boy Scout encampment at Bear Mountain, New York on July 28, 1921."
JR didn't get a very good picture of this statement but what he got resonates today.
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little."
In this day and age the rich are getting richer, the middle class is shrinking and the poor are getting poorer. Politicians, take heed!
I'll stop preaching now.
On top of all that FDR was a dog person.That scores pretty high in my book. "Seven years later the President received a black Scottish terrier puppy as a gift and named him Murray, the Outlaw of Fala Hill. Fala became his constant companion for the rest of his life." FDR Library
That is JR's look at the FDR memorial. He was really impressed and I wish I would have been able to see it with him.
Have a great Monday everyone.
PS: it's Monday so try to make it meatless.