I had wanted to tour Mark Twain's home on our way down, but the desire to arrive at our destination by dinner hour was more pressing, so we spent time on the way back to Minnesota.
Last year I read Mark Twain's autobiography...Volume 1. And in case you didn't know, Mark Twain's works today continue to stir readers up, with some parents and other groups advocating to change the most derogatory word in his classic books (it starts with an "n") with more acceptable terms, while purists believe we should leave well enough alone. He insisted that his autobiography not be published until 100 years after his death, out of concern that his progressive ideas would bring retribution to his family.
Outside of his views, Mark Twain had a way to paint a picture with words, and his witticisms were intelligent, satirical and are widely quoted yet today. As he aged his sentimentality over his boyhood roots grew.
|The introductory plaque before entering Mark Twain's home|
|I love this quote -- don't we all feel like this as we move through life?|
|This building was erected in 1839...and is now home to Groomingdale's, a pet boutique.|
|Huck Finn's home|
|Inside Huck Finn's home. So tiny!|
The museum did a great job of creating interactive parts for kids, but Mark Twain's fame and works are still lost on our girls. Some day they will understand his importance in American literature, and hopefully they will go back.
|Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn|
Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.