A. Lincoln, Grandfather and Grandson
To celebrate the Lincoln bi-centennial I’ve been reading Ronald White’s wonderful new biography, A. Lincoln.
I was dimly aware that the former President had a seemingly strained relationship with his own father, Thomas.
What I had not realized was that Thomas, at age six, stood next to his own father when the latter was shot and killed by an Indian.
I can imagine the effect it had on the young boy, and the man he became. And I am moved that he named his only son after that fallen father: Abraham.
As the Roman poet, who extolled familial pietas, exclaimed: Sunt lacrimae rerum et mentem mortalia tangunt — human experiences, death-destined, breed tears, and strike the hollows of our hearts (translation with apologies to P. Vergilius).