Last week I was visiting an old college friend in Kill Devil Hills, NC. Kathy lives very close to the Wright Memorial, so she suggested we visit there during my stay. I’m so glad she made the suggestion! It was one of those experiences that help you appreciate the wonder of curiosity and the power of creative thinking.
Kathy had on her coffee table a copy of The Wright Brothers by David McCullough, so I picked it up and began to read. I was immediately pulled in and wanted to keep reading, but I only had time for the first chapter (I have since purchased my own copy). In it, Wilbur and Orville credit their parents for helping them to attain their dreams. It was because these two geniuses grew up in an environment that nurtured their curiosity and creativity that they were empowered to persevere and reach their goals. Later, as I toured the museum I found so many connections to what we can do as educators – help students be keen observers of their world, think through ideas with others, be risk-takers, try things out and make adjustments when necessary, understand that the journey is just as important as the destination, wonder.
I love quotes and found myself taking pictures of several on display that day (I hope to find more as I read the rest of the book). If you ever find yourself on the Outer Banks, I highly recommend a visit to this memorial.
I got more thrill out of flying before I had ever been in the air at all – while lying in bed thinking how exciting it would be to fly. -Orville Wright