I should have worked at the Historical Commission for the state of Massachusetts. I, so many times, have given tours of Plymouth Plantation, looked down at Plymouth Rock, walked the Freedom Trail in Boston, celebrated Patriot's Day in Lexington and Concord, and have been spooked by the Salem Witches. All to show my large out of state family and group of friends our early American heritage.
This led me to thinking about the day I had taken my father to seethe Henry Wadsworth Longfellow home in Cambridge. As we exited and walked down the street, he recited "Under the spreading chestnut tree....". Little did we know at that time, I would soon move into the historic home of Nathaniel Longfellow, a cousin of Henry's,
Just think, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow could have been writing about that tree.