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Channeling Columbus
Wednesday 12th of October 2011 07:21 AM

By Kim L. Fritzemeier

KFRM Central Kansas Reporter

Farm Wife along the Stafford/Reno County Line

Today is the true Columbus Day. Yes, in our quest for 3-day weekends, Columbus Day was celebrated on Monday. (I personally didn't notice much difference except I didn't get my mail.) But, back in my Byers Grade School days, October 12 was the day we colored pictures of the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria.

Let's be honest here: I'm kind of a homebody. I don't think I would have been the first to sign up for a berth on the Santa Maria. Ol' Chris Columbus would have pulled away from the dock without me when "in 1492 he sailed the ocean blue."

Then there's the question about whether we should even celebrate Columbus at all. I'm thinking he needs a better PR guy. Technically, I guess we shouldn't have been making paper versions of the Santa Maria back in grade school after all. 

According to Wikipedia (the new source for all things), Christopher Columbus' journey to America lead to widespread European awareness of America, but he was not the first to actually discover America. Before him, Leif Ericson is thought to be the first European to reach America. There may have been others in between the Ericson/Columbus discovery. How the Native Americans arrived in North America is another whole entry. Suffice it to say that no one knows exactly what happened or when it happened. 

So Happy Columbus Day ... or Happy Leif Ericson Day ... or Happy Some Unknown Discoverer Day. Take your pick. 

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