Heads up at Mount Rushmore

12 August 2013

Dear friends and readers around the world,

The Black Hills of South Dakota are so beautiful!

Yesterday we drove through the hills to Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

Paprika and Oregano explained that four presidents’ faces (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln) are carved high up on a mountain. You can see it from very far away, but we were also able to walk around the base of the mountain for a lovely view up George Washington’s nose. There were over 400 steps on that trail, but Oregano was kind enough to carry me the whole way. Steps are a bit difficult to manoeuver when one doesn’t have feet.

Paprika and I at the famous Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota
Paprika and I at the famous Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota

I’m a citizen of the world, and don’t know much about the significance of the contributions these 4 men have made to American history, but I felt a strong connection to this place. For sure it was a truly impressive feat of artistry and engineering to carve these gigantic faces high up on a granite mountain, but that still wasn’t what was stirring my emotions.

As we were leaving, Paprika and Oregano asked me what I thought of Mount Rushmore.

“I really enjoyed myself here. I feel so connected to this place and I’m not sure why,” I told my friends.

“Well, Flat Kathy, you do have something in common with this iconic American memorial,” Oregano said.

“I do? What is it?” I asked Oregano.

This is a model of the original idea for the carved rock faces - but they never managed to complete it
This is a model of the original idea for the carved rock faces – but they never managed to complete it

“When Mount Rushmore was originally designed, the carvings were supposed to show the presidents all the way down to their waists. They ran out of time and money, so they stopped at the presidents’ necks, leaving a mountain with just 4 heads. All of you are just heads without bodies.”

“That’s it! I knew there was a reason I felt such a strong kinship with these 4 men,” I exclaimed.  “There’s a little space on the mountain, do you think they would consider adding a fifth face?”

Yours in flatness and love,

Flat Kathy

The four famous presidents kindly agree to pose with me for a picture
The four famous presidents kindly agree to pose with me for an unforgettable picture

10 thoughts on “Heads up at Mount Rushmore

    1. I know, I feel so lucky! And none of it would be possible without the friendliness, generosity – and playfulness – of people who don’t really know me at all. But I do hope that all our lives are enriched by these experiences.

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  1. Flat Kathy’s infectious smile certainly has a way of melting your heart and bringing out the silly in everyone she meets. (It’s a good thing because otherwise people would think we’ve lost our minds.)

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