Summer is the traditional time for family vacations, and they are a wonderful opportunity for children (and adults) to be exposed to history and civics lessons outside of the classroom at any number of national museums and monuments across the country. Earlier this month, my wife Kay and I visited Houston where our daughter and her family reside. Two highlights for us were spending time with our ten month old granddaughter, Anna, as well as visiting the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
The library and museum, which is located at Texas A&M University, contains the holdings of more than 120,000 artifacts. It is also the first Presidential Library to house a museum classroom for use by student groups, which serves an important part of the library’s mission to educate all ages about American history and the role of the presidency.
At the conclusion of the tour, visitors have the opportunity to leave the President a question. Since we were visiting my granddaughter, I asked the President what advice he would give his grandchildren for the future. The letter response we received from George Bush contained some advice for anyone to live by, but especially some important words of wisdom for the young leaders of tomorrow – our children today.
I will be sharing all of the following advice with my granddaughter. I hope you will share these words with the children in your life as well:
“The road to a rewarding life begins with getting a well-rounded education. Do well enough in your studies so you have the knowledge upon which to make the important decisions in your life.”
“Old-fashioned values are still important – duty, sacrifice, acceptance of personal responsibility, and willingness to help others – and any definition of a successful life must include serving others. Each of us can make a difference for the good in the lives of others, and it is in this giving back that young people can ensure a life of treasures far greater than any wealth they can create.”
“By facing opportunities with hope, commitment, and moral courage, all young people can enjoy a rich, full life.”
God bless you and your entire family, and God bless America.