Set a spell, take your shoes off, make yourself comfortable, and watch really watch the world go by. Notice the people, who are they, where are they from, are they having fun, who appears to be upset, who is dancing, who is struggling. Look at the place, what were the designers and builders hoping you would see and how it would make you feel?
We spent three days as tour guides here in DC. Revisiting places I have been many times, our guest was someone who hadn't spent a lot of time in the area in nearly 50+ years. The agenda was ambitious. It is so easy to be overly ambitious. This time I was careful to not over do. I am old and there is a lot of me, my feet hurt if I spend too much time on my feet. So rather than walk every museum, every area of every monument, I took Jed's advice to set a spell. I sat and I watched. And I took in what was around me, thinking about what was there. I was stuck by FDR's words, hard to reconcile his words about civil rights, with his administration interning 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry, ripping families from their homes, and businesses just based on origin.
Next time you are out and about, find a bench, set for a while and watch the world.
The character Jed Clampett, was played by Buddy Ebson, who, along with Fred Rogers of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood fame, both graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park Florida, where I also graduated, where I met my sweet bear.