In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.
He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.
A compass also helped him know
How to find the way to go.
Ninety sailors were on board;
Some men worked while others snored.
Then the workers went to sleep;
And others watched the ocean deep.
Day after day they looked for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.
October 12 their dream came true,
You never saw a happier crew!
“Indians! Indians!” Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joyful pride.
But “India” the land was not;
It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.
The Arakawa natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors food and spice.
Columbus sailed on to find some gold
To bring back home, as he’d been told.
He made the trip again and again,
Trading gold to bring to Spain.
The first American? No, not quite.
But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.
Columbus Day at PCA
Columbus was many things, some notable and some not. Aren’t we all that way? Yet he has gone down in history as the brave and bright man who diligently sailed the ocean blue to bring trade and new civilization to America, an admirable thing indeed.
At Pinnacle, our kids talked about Columbus last week and took Columbus Day off from school. One thing I’ve always appreciated about PCA is their value for family time and their generosity in giving days off. They work very hard at school and spend more time at home than the usual school. We have enjoyed our Columbus Day off to be together as a family (minus Daddy who had to go to work). We even made a family of snow men to put on a shelf, smiling down on us with their peppercorn smiles. I know, it’s a little early for snowmen, but that’s what the kids wanted to do! It was a great Columbus Day.