Make history? Who, me?

When I was in high school, my history teacher turned to the class one day and said, "You are making history right now. Don't ever forget that!"

I was surprised and somewhat dismissive. "How can that be?" I thought. "Only important people make history."

I suspect that back then I was confusing "fame" with the making of history. But to my teacher, history was not just world events or famous people. History was the way you and I live each day—our thoughts, attitudes, and our deeds. It was about individual lives and the minutiae of day-to-day living. She taught us to remember this and judge history according to what each of us said and did—not just by what was recorded in the pages of history books.

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1929 again?
July 15, 2002

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