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Family Activities That I am Most Thankful For
However, I also spend a lot of time planning activities because I love to get out and try new things. I want my children to be educated about the city we live in. I want them to know the history of this city.
A few weeks ago, I planned a trip to Historic Oakland Cemetery here in Atlanta. I had never been and always wanted to go. We had lunch at a popular (yet very disappointing) restaurant overlooking the cemetery.
After lunch, we set off to explore. I was worried that my children would be scared or perhaps my husband would find this a little too dark for the family. However, all three of my children were fascinated. They were enamored by the amazing tributes to families from the past. The picture used at the top of this post is from a headstone.
Oakland Cemetery has some of the most famous Atlanta residents from golf great Bobby Jones to Gone with the Wind author Margaret Mitchell. There are so many people that you have probably heard of and even more that you have not. Civil war soldiers who have been laid to rest evoke such powerful emotions and truly made me believe that there is perhaps more history here than anywhere else in Atlanta.
My children asked great questions. They learned about the circle of life. They learned how we pay tribute to those who have died. They saw the beauty in the architectural tributes.
Most of all, they weren't scared. They were respectful. They were curious. They didn't want to leave.
And it made me appreciate my family a little more that day. They share my thirst for experiences. To try new things. They embrace it wholeheartedly.
I am thankful AND honored to be part of such an amazing family. I don't deserve them.
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