Catastrophic Supreme Court confirmations aside, our family enjoyed a terrific trip to Prague last weekend. Four hours by train and we arrived in one of Europe’s most stunningly preserved cities, lined with cobblestone streets, views of the world’s largest castle, and historical landmarks spared even during World War II. There’s something therapeutic about a place that’s weathered centuries of political upheaval. Every time we visit a new city, I look for children’s books to get the kids more engaged. This time, I discovered a pop-up book called Mysterious Prague
, illustrated with spooky and gruesome stories dating back to the 14th Century. Here’s an excerpt:
For ten years, the heads of twelve lords executed in Old Town Square were displayed as a warning on the Old Town Bridge Tower. Here at midnight, the spirits of these unfortunates sometimes sing melancholy songs.
True to Prague’s Medieval roots, this is only one of eight
ghost stories involving decapitation. Needless to say, the boys loved it. It makes me wonder, what will children’s books say about our time hundreds of years from now? Will today’s events warrant tales of intrigue, or will they be glossed over between decades? It feels as though we’re living through a revolution, but maybe that’s always the case. I’m not sure whether I’d prefer making history or living in the margins, but it probably says something that I don’t see it as a choice. Speaking of which, DON’T FORGET TO VOTE! I was nervous about getting it done all the way from Vienna, but the absentee ballot process was shockingly easy (thank you, King County
!) Here’s a handy guide for voter registration guidelines
in every state. Let’s do this. #novemberiscoming