"That truth should be silent I had almost forgot"--Enobarbus in ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, back in Rome after having been too long in Egypt.---------
Melville's PIERRE, Book 4, chapter 5: "Something ever comes of all persistent inquiry; we are not so continually curious for nothing."
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
My American Riddle
I've set to thinking of the great age of Pete Seeger and others who lived very long lives. I thought of my GGGG Grandfather Robert Knox who applied for his Revolutionary War pension at the age of 90, and got it. Then I thought of my mother, Martha Izora Costner Parker, who died at 92.
How many native-born Americans can say what I can say (leaving aside my Choctaw and Cherokee ancestors)?
None of my white ancestors immigrated to the United States, and neither of my parents was born in one of the states in the United States.