May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.
(photograph: Madison Square/ statue of SGT William Jasper / Savannah, GA / Julie Cook / 2013)
As I wander the streets and oak lined parks throughout historic Savannah, I am surrounded by the history of, as well as an integral part of, the birth of our Nation…. as the city of Savannah marks Georgia’s claim to being one of the 13 colonies.
Names of parks, streets and monuments harken to a time long ago, intertwined with today’s street musicians, the college kids roaming the city on bikes and skateboards, the tourist filled trolleys, the stately colonial mansions—a beautiful mix and blend of our heroic past and of a developing future all hugged by the mighty river of commerce and the eventual wide expansive ocean.
Yet the very birth pangs of this Nation of ours remain inextricably linked to this city and for that, I am forever grateful to the many sacrifices made by men and woman of a time long ago……..