Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Sacagawea and the YachtNot

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I thought I saw the statue in Lake Sacajawea Park, Longview, Washington, when we lived in the Longview-Kelso area, but a web search leads me to believe that wasn't "the one."  We weren't often in Portland, but a statue there matches the hazy image in my mind — the one responsible for me saying, "Sacagawea!" when this was the scene:

Considering all the things I can't remember, why I remember a statue with an outstretched arm and the correct pronunciation of her name (sä-cä' gä-we´-ä) is beyond me.  All the more perplexing is the fact that her name came flying out of my mouth, referencing Son2's posture in the YachtNot. 

In case you've noticed the conflict in spelling, Clark's maps and journal, as well as the writings of journalists at the time, consistently employed a hard "g" in the Indian maid's name.  A number of noted historians, organizations, and encyclopedias have adopted "g" as the standard.

Finished with Sacagawea (and I'm sorry all over myself that I dragged you through it), here are a couple more photos from the day.  Charles and Sons 3 and 4 had un-wintered and cleaned my YachtNot just the day before this surprise visit by Son2's family.  They'd also captured the runaway dock for the umpty-dumpth time, given it floats away with every 2" rain, and we'd gotten a 6-incher.  I've suggested actually anchoring it to the bank.  Wouldn't that be novel.  But then, this little anomaly results in the dock being situated at various positions around the pond.  Mayhap the fellows need this break in monotony.

One more thing: my 6th grade teacher, Mrs. White, carefully instructed us in the correct pronunciation of Ponce de Leon, although her take — I've since learned — was a little wanky, itself.  Thought you should know.

Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.  I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.  ~Psalms 86:11, 12


Laurel said...

Caroline, I love your "YachtNot". Looks like your family has lots of fun on it. By the way, we lived in Atlanta for several years and down there they have a whole new spin on how you say Ponsay de Leeon, :).

CarolineNot said...

Pretty funny, Laurel. Ü

We lived quite near Georgia, when we were situated in Sequatchie, TN, and that experience relegated to fairytale status everything we Midwesterners had ever heard about Southern charm. I've known some very charming people from the South, so I'm certain they exist. I'm not so sure the charming thing should be painted with a broad brush. We laugh today over some of our experiences with the natives, but we decidedly weren't laughing then. And those blue lizards are awful. *raspberries*