I can't believe it's taken me this long to visit the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Perhaps it's the way it sits above the majestic Potomac, or maybe it's because I went when it was virtually empty and I had an Elizabeth Bennet moment among the magnificent columns, but it's now my favorite monument in DC. And that's saying a lot (there's a lot of monuments here).
His life wasn't lacking in controversy, nor is his legacy, but I can't deny the contribution he gave to our nation. He wasn't a famous orator, but he was a magnificent writer and penned the Declaration of Independence at just 33. As the United States' third president, I can only imagine the heavy burden he had to build up and maintain the newly formed nation.
Here's just a brief example of his gold tongue:
"But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine."
*These were taken with my cell phone
Next time I'll bring my real camera.