Monday, April 18, 2011

The Lookout

Today is Monday April 18’th and we are celebrating Patriots’ Day here in Massachusetts. Early this morning on Lexington green volunteer actors of all shapes and sizes fought once again the battle of Lexington and Concord. This was the famous encounter that produced “the shot heard ‘round the world”, leading up to the   American Revolution. In Hopkinton, a town slightly more than 26.2 miles away, thousands gather for the running of the Boston Marathon.  The elite runners among them will cross the finish line about 2 hours after they started. The rest will be very happy to finish.
Meanwhile, in Boston’s North End, a man in revolutionary era clothing and a tri-cornered hat will mount his horse and begin to travel the route made famous in the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:
“Listen my children and you shall hear of the midnight ride of Paul Revere”
On April 18, 1775, Paul Revere set out on the road to Lexington, to warn the colonists of the impending invasion by the British Army.  Before leaving, he arranged for two lanterns to hang in the tower of the Old North church, as the British were coming “by sea” via Charlestown.
“One if by land, or two if by sea; And I on the opposite shore will be”
That is where my story, “The Lookout” begins.  Stay Tuned!