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Stop Whatever You Are Doing—And Remember

BLOG #9, SERIES #9

WEDNESDAYS WITH DR. JOE

STOP WHATEVER YOU ARE DOING—AND REMEMBER

February 28, 2018

BLESSED AMONG AMERICAN WOMEN IS THE YOUNG MOTHER * WHO IN A ROUGH CABIN ON THE KENTUCKY FRONTIER BORE A SON WHOM SHE CALLED ABRAHAM * * GROWN TO MANHOOD THAT SON BECAME THE LEADER OF HIS PEOPLE IN THE CRISIS OF THEIR FATE * AND JUSTIFIED DEMOCRACY IN THE FACE OF A DOUBTING WORLD

Never in a lifetime of studying Lincoln, and researching my two books about Lincoln, have I stumbled on a magazine cover that moved me as much as this one. Discovered it in the June 1923 issue of one of the greatest family magazines ever published in our nation, The Youth’s Companion.

Nancy Hanks Lincoln, what a tragically short life she had! Yet, given that half of what we learn in life is learned by the age of six, she it was who set the boy’s sails in life. And, as famed artist William Eaton portrays her in this powerfully emotive painting, one can’t help but wonder what her thoughts might have been when she looked down at the tiny face of her baby.

I’d guess she never imagined what he’d become: what he’d become is what I experienced just one week ago when I met with third-graders in six public elementary schools here in the Colorado Rockies. At each school, I asked them this question: “There is one President who is loved more than all our other Presidents put together—who is it?” Without exception, they all shouted out, “Abraham Lincoln!”

Now, 209 years after his birth—that’s immortality.