February 07, 2012

Sometimes We Get Confused with all the Ships and Stuff

Me: So, how was Civics today?

Bones: GREAT! We're learning about the Mayflower.

Me: Cool! Did you tell your teacher you're a descendant of the Mayflower? George Soule!

Bones: Uhhhh, NO. It's not like I have it on both sides...

Me: Dude, it counts. Somewhere way up the line you had a grandfather that was on that ship.

Bones: So, with all the people you know that were descendants of the Mayflower, do you know any of them related to that one guy?

Me: *blink* Umm... Bradford?

Bones: No, the famous guy. The big guy... the head of the ship...

Me:

Bones: Christopher Columbus!

Me: *blink*

Bones: Well?

Me: Wrong ship, son...

Posted by Boudicca at February 7, 2012 08:44 PM
Comments

Blame his Civics teacher for that. And when you tell him he's a Jamestowne descendant also, that won't make any sense either. And heaven forbid the Civics teacher talk about the earlier explorers who actually set foot on the North American continent.

Posted by: Angus of Jura at February 7, 2012 10:16 PM

I don't know if that's really her fault, although I do think she's kind of lame. Bones is Bones. All that stuff gets swirled around in his head. And I don't think they've actually covered Christopher Columbus, believe it or not. I think they started at Mayflower. I'll have to ask. The State comes up with the curriculum...

I didn't tell him about Jamestowne yet because that's going to get lost.

BUT! He can tell you where every state is located and what the Capital is.

I'm thinking he's the only kid in his class that's a descendent of Mayflower, Jamestowne, has 13+ Patriots in the Revolutionary War, and has family that fought on both sides of the Civil War. His one teacher in 5th grade was fascinated that he had a GGGG grandfather that joined the Union troops when he heard Lincoln on the back of a train. He did a whole report on it.

Posted by: Bou at February 7, 2012 10:21 PM

Wow! Incredible family history! And...I'm assuming someone holds this documentation near and dear???

Posted by: PeggyK at February 8, 2012 06:26 AM

Peggy- Absolutely. And computers are a wonderful thing.

Posted by: Bou at February 8, 2012 06:55 AM

One of these days I am sending you copies of my heritage so we can see if there is a connection. Not joking. We have a Mayflower descendant, had ancestors on both sides of the American Revolution, not to mention a similar Lincoln story. I tell you, there has to be a connection somewhere. :-)

Posted by: Jody at February 8, 2012 08:30 AM

Knowing that Columbus founded Jamestown at Plymouth Rock is one of the most important parts of American History - right up there with the Germans bombing Pearl Harbor.

Posted by: Lokki at February 8, 2012 12:40 PM

Knine's comment didn't take, and I'm going to try it here.

He suggests we be careful that Bones does not confuse Jamestowne with Jonestown, which is hysterically funny spot on.

Posted by: Bou at February 8, 2012 04:18 PM

Heh- good idea. Jonestown....sheesh. I remember watching that unfold.

As for being a descendant of the Mayflower- that's really cool. I sometimes wish I had more of a connection to this country. Alas, first gen American on my mother's side, and second gen on my dad's.

Posted by: Rave at February 8, 2012 08:33 PM

oh dear. Please don't let him get Jamestown and Jonestown mixed up...

Posted by: caltechgirl at February 9, 2012 03:35 PM

Hey, watch it about Jonestown. That's my family heritage.

Posted by: sticks at February 11, 2012 09:58 PM