athenejen: iAthena (athena)
I did a report on him in fifth grade; I think I picked him because he was the one people almost never talked about (I was pretty obsessed with the Continental Congress around that time -- I had a Scholastic book about it and also one about the US presidents that I read over and over). And I discovered that he was kind of a dick (well, I probably wouldn't have put it in exactly those terms at the time, but the fact remains), but an effective dick, the kind of dick a fledgling government needs if it's going to survive, because someone has to do the practical dirty work and deal with the overwhelming, necessary bureaucratic crap of it all. I wasn't sure if I liked him, exactly. I have mixed feelings about his legacies, even more so now that I understand more about the world, and obviously he had some personal flaws. But I couldn't help having a soft spot.

Which probably contributed to me crying my eyes out multiple times today, these huge wracking sobs, as I finally got around to listening to Hamilton for the first time. So many different emotions. (It's been a while since I had a good cry. I probably needed it.)

Governing is harder. Living is harder. He did his best, and he paid the price (so many different kinds of prices, for both the successes and the mistakes), and he kept going, and he got things out of it, and so did the people (and nation) around him, for better or for worse. What's more human than that? (Plus, I'm the daughter of immigrants. Immigrant stories are close to my heart.) And I am basically in love with the Schuyler sisters, because yes.

My mom (who is full of awesome; this is but one small example) decided that what she wanted for her 70th birthday was a trip to NYC to see Hamilton. We managed to snag some tickets, and it's not for months yet, but I'm so excited. ... I need to remember to bring tissues. A lot of tissues.

(ETA: Also, hello everyone! It has been far, far too long since my last post. I am still reading. I hope to get back to posting and interacting more. I have no idea if I'll manage it.)

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