No, I’m not talking about President Obama’s term in office. Reader Rex sent a link to me today, the day before my birthday where people all over America will gather to celebrate me turning 35!
It is a chronicle of the Pilgrims’ arrival at Plymouth, as recorded by Nathaniel Morton — click here to read the actual words of someone who was there. It begins:
Here beginneth the chronicle of those memorable circumstances of the year 1620, as recorded by Nathaniel Morton, keeper of the records of Plymouth Colony, based on the account of William Bradford, sometime governor thereof:
So they left that goodly and pleasant city of Leyden, which had been their resting-place for above eleven years, but they knew that they were pilgrims and strangers here below, and looked not much on these things, but lifted up their eyes to Heaven, their dearest country, where God hath prepared for them a city (Heb. XI, 16), and therein quieted their spirits.
Read the rest here, in an essay that the Washington Post has run every year since 1961. Oh, and I hope you all enjoy the celebrations for my birthday tomorrow!