Reflections by Lanxi

July 16, 2012 Posted by: Lanxi

"When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary..."

Three Things:

1.  I am sure there are thousands of hilarious ways to end that sentence.

2.  Thomas Jefferson chose to swamp the rest of the sentence in commas...

3.  I am not criticizing Thomas Jefferson.  Commas are fine citizens of the English language, very fine and respectable.  I believe Charlotte Bronte was fond of them...

I can't correctly imagine colonial America.  When,in the course of human events, it becomes necessary to replace historic pavement with car-asphalt, and commercialize Williamsburg, the people do it.  It's impossible to object to this - it was necessary and had to be done.  But I couldn't help but notice the scuffed, present-day carpet in front of the door of the printing press building...

Meeting new people is considerably harder for me.  I don't think I would have trouble talking to Emily Dickinson, though - "Hello!"  I'm Nobody!  "Who are you?"

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  1. July 27, 2012 at 10:32

    Lanxi, I'm sorry that I missed reading your blog last week, but I'm glad I found it today. What a delightful writer you are! The whimsy you employ to deliver your serious message is effective and enjoyable. Thank you for your warm words regarding my interpretation of Mr. Jefferson. They mean a lot to me. I have to agree with Mrs. E's comment; you are most definitely somebody special, and you clearly have talent. That being said, I understood and appreciated the humor you intended in the way you imagined yourself greeting Emily Dickinson. Moreover, the perspective is one that I often share, when I consider what I'd do if I ever met Jefferson, Washington, (gasp!) Hamilton, or any of those titans. Humility is healthy. However, if you remain diligent in the application of your pen, someday, long after all that is left of you and me are our legacies, a student might read your your words and write, "I don't think I would have trouble talking to Lanxi, though - "Hello!" I'm Nobody! "Who are you?" Keep up the good work, Steve Edenbo (Thomas Jefferson)

  2. July 25, 2012 at 10:14

    The stupendous Thomas Jefferson may not have commented upon this blog post, but I will write to him anyway. Mr. Jefferson, I am a huge fan of your work! You are the best!

  3. July 22, 2012 at 02:43

    I want to shout from the rooftop that you are Somebody, somebody very special. You have talent to express your feelings and communicate across generations. Your future is ahead of you. Some parts will be good, some will be sad and many will be exciting if you let it.

  4. July 19, 2012 at 02:42

    I love your line about commas being fine citizens of the English language!

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