By Ralph Hood

Gail and I just returned from almost a week in Boston and Lincoln, New Hampshire.

On Friday we flew from Tri-Cities Airport to Boston, with the usual obligatory wait in Atlanta. It’s hard for me to believe that I first flew in/out of the Atlanta Airport more than 50 years ago, and even harder to believe that I flew myself in/out in basic, small airplanes.

Son Kevin, his wife Shirley, and our only grandchild, Rowan, live in Newton, Massachusetts, which is a suburb of Boston. Grandson Rowan is a genius, of course, a handsome young man of almost 12, and interested in everything!

Our son and daughter-in-law are hard working professionals. We admire them and sincerely appreciate their hospitality. Thanks also to grandson Rowan and his ability to fascinate and entertain us.

On Saturday, we drove to Lincoln, New Hampshire, to see the fall foliage. The tree colors were awesomely beautiful, particularly from the top of a mountain. We stayed there two days then drove back to Newton.

New England is—of course—where the American Revolution started.

Remember the Boston Tea Party?

One can actually see today the old North Church in which the lantern was burned to advise Paul Revere if the British were moving in by land or by sea.

Most of us, long ago, read the story of that night in the beginning lines of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s great poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride”

“Listen, my children, and you shall hear

Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,

On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;

Hardly a man is now alive

Who remembers that famous day and year.

He said to his friend, “If the British march

By land or sea from the town to-night,

Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry-arch

Of the North-Church-tower, as a signal-light,—

One if by land, and two if by sea;

And I on the opposite shore will be,

Ready to ride and spread the alarm

Through every Middlesex village and farm…”

I have often wondered when—or if—the USA would have become an independent nation without the early actions of New Englanders.

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