Each person should judge his own actions and not compare himself with others. Then he can be proud for what he himself has done. Galatians 6:4

Thursday, March 27, 2008

***** WARNING today is a small history lesson.. if you hate history.. well.. sorry to bore you.. LOL LOL*****


I'm always late with birthdays..... sigh...

I wanted to share a bit about Mr. Frost... Although he was born in California.. he spent most of his life right here in New Hampshire. I spent 180 days in the room he taught English in and always imagined what it would have been like to be taught by him. His picture graces above the doorway next to the clock ( or it did 20 years ago).. and of course.. I was a clock watcher in school.. shhh don't tell... However English ( are you surprised by my choppy writing skills) and History were my two BEST subjects. The English must have smudged down to my daughter who EXCELS in it and has taken every AP class she can in it.

Mr. Frost was given a farm house in Derry, New Hampshire by his Grandfather. This is where he gave a go at farming, though unsuccessful at farming.. he wrote his many famous poems during this time. After nine years of trying he gave up farming and went to teach at Pinkerton Academy.

Pinkerton Academy is the highschool that I went to and is the LARGEST Independent Academy in the United States and spans on 170 acres of land. So needless to say.. this highschool is quite huge and STILL growing. It pains me to see where my children go to highschool and the condition it is in... BUT..... Derry and the surroundings is greatly congested and I wouldn't raise my children there having been raised in that area. However if you look more closely into it.. in the year 2006 53% of the graduating class were accepted into 4 year college programs, 18% were accepted in to 2 year programs and 29% were not college bound... The academics were brutal there... having 7 classes a day with high expectations was enough to wear me down that's for sure! It also has 28 varieties of sports.. ( more than I had while there). Many famous people have come from my highschool.. such as Samantha Brown from the Travel Channel... Alan Shepard... The first American Astronaut in space ( big building named after him)...and many more... BUT.. the only acclaimed famous Teacher.. ROBERT FROST.

My 35 years of living in this state I have never graced the insides of this farm! I can't believe it. So my goal this summer is to grace it.. and soak in all that I can. If you're in the area you should check it out too if you love history! Robert Frost Farm.

Here's a small poem that he wrote.. I wonder if he felt the same we all of us New Englanders do now..???

To The Thawing Wind by Robert Frost

COME with rain. O loud Southwester!
Bring the singer, bring the nester;
Give the buried flower a dream;
make the settled snowbank steam;
Find the brown beneath the white;
But whate'er you do tonight,
bath my window, make it flow,
Melt it as the ice will go;
Melt the glass and leave the sticks
Like a hermit's crucifix;
Burst into my narrow stall;
Swing the picture on the wall;
Run the rattling pages o'er;
Scatter poems on the floor;
Turn the poet out of door.


Maggie said...

that is fantastic I luv learning stuff like that, and seeing your point of view as well..
have a great day,

Wendy said...

I didn't know you went to PA!! My BFF Michelle went there also. She is younger but has older siblings so you may know her family?!?

Cris said...

That was very interesting.

emily said...

tfs. I love Robert Frost...being a New Englander also I appreciate his perspectives on this beautiful part of the country with its long history and strong character!

Tam said...

I have always loved Robert Frost!

Morgan said...

Wow! I went to Pinkerton academy as well and we are close in age. what year did you graduate?