When my brother and I were kids, we liked to build things. We built forts, ramps and anything else we could fashion out of scrap wood. Typically, our projects served a specific function, to ward off rival “street gangs” of preteens from another block, to propel our dirt bikes into the air, or whatever else we decided could or would result in our becoming temporarily disabled. We thought we were good builders, but the greatest evidence that we were not, is that our work does not exist in any form today.
On the other hand, on a recent trip to D.C. for the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference, my wife and I had the opportunity to visit Arlington House, the former homestead of Robert E. Lee before the Civil War, built in 1803. As we walked through the halls of the mansion and stood in the rooms where many leaders once stood, we were in awe of the way our forefathers once lived (especially how short they must have been) and amazed at how the home had stood the test of time. The Arlington House was built by craftsman who not only cared about the residents of the time/era, but the legacy of their work for years to come.continue reading »