After reading several stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne for grad school, I became intrigued by the Salem Witch Trials. In the 1690s, a group of mischevious girls accused innocent citizens of witchcraft, and the town killed the supposed witches for their sins. On our historic trip through Massachusetts, my family explored Salem, the town famous for these colonial witch trials and the setting of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s most famous books.
The day after our jaunt through Boston, Dad and I drove to Concord to visit the former homes of Nathaniel Hawthorne (Old Manse) and Louisa May Alcott (The Orchard House). To our surprise, Old Manse was only yards away from the site of an early Revolutionary War battle.
In mid-December, God threw a hard blow at my pride. Unintentionally, I found myself reading an acquaintance’s opinion of me, and the evaluation was less than stellar. Immediately, my competitive spirit became defensive, arguing, “well she obviously doesn’t really know me…”. After I cried a little and tried to mentally justify my every interaction with this individual, and I realized the heart of the issue. In my pride, I had not taken the time to really know her.
So I did what any good writer would do. I sat down with my laptop and admitted my conceit to the entire blogosphere–with good intentions, of course! For the next few weeks, I hope to share Biblical examples of humility with practical tips for demoting ourselves and elevating God (John 3:30).
After a series of unexpected events, my family decided to visit Massachusetts for Christmas. Although Brother and I visited all the New England states in 2017, our quick tour of Boston did not scratch the surface of what Massachusetts has to offer. My family quickly planned more “touristy” day-trips than we could fit into a week, and we started our explorations in Boston.
Do you watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve?