Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Five people I'd love to visit if I could time travel

One of the interview questions I ask other middle-grade/young adult authors on my blog is, If you could time travel anywhere into Earth’s past, where would you go and why? I’ve gotten so many answers, many of them unique and original. I’ve even posed this question to students when I’ve done an author visit. And you know what? Most kids say that they’d travel back in time to when their parents were their age so they can meet them.

Didn’t see that one coming!
The kids’ response got me thinking. Who would I like to meet, if given the opportunity to time travel into the past? My answers both surprised and delighted me. Here are my top five picks:

1.      Anne Frank – the young, innocent voice of the holocaust, Ann’s infectious kind nature and honesty through her journaling during one of the most horrific periods of our history touches my heart in a way no one else can. Her diary survives to this day to teach us lessons in tolerance and understanding. She is truly the most famous holocaust survivor by virtue of her intimate writings.
 

2.      Abraham Lincoln – not the most handsome man, but definitely one of the most dignified men in history. Strength through adversity must have been Lincoln’s slogan. A self-educated man, who fought for the rights of others, ended slavery, and stood for what he believed in. I would have loved to have heard him reciting the Gettysburg Address.
 

3.      Saint Francis of Assisi – born into a wealthy Italian family, Francis had a short stint as a soldier before taking a strict vow of poverty, and adopting a simple, faithful lifestyle. Effigies of Saint Francis have him surrounded by birds and animals. So was he the original animal whisperer? Could he have talked to the animals better than Doctor Doolittle? My enquiring mind wants to know.
 

4.      Leonardo Da Vinci – this man is a legend. Not only did he create great works of art he made breakthroughs in science and engineering. This Renaissance man was pure genius. Watching him work would be an amazing experience. Plus I would love to have the opportunity to ask Leo if he really used secret codes and symbols within his artwork.
 

5.      Walt Disney – meeting Mickey Mouse’s creator would be the icing on the cake. He not only created a family-friendly empire, but managed to leave a legacy behind that will live for generations to come. Disney was a true trailblazer in every sense of the word.

There you have it. My top five people picks I’d love to meet if I could travel back in time. So who would you blaze through the past for? Love to hear your choices!

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14 comments:

  1. Oh Leonardo would definitely be on the list. But I wouldn't want to stay long in that place and time. I think it would be a little "dark and creepy."

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    1. I hear ya! Plus, there's no indoor plumbing either! Ick. Thanks for your support, big sis!

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  2. Love your post! You always have a way of making me think. There are so many people I'd like to sit down with over adult beverages and pick their brains it's difficult to select just a few. If I only had one choice it would be Jesus. His life and teachings have always fascinated me.

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    1. And let's not forget, Jesus had a way of turning water into wine. Wink. Great choice, Sloane! Cheers for your support!

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  3. I don't know why but I find it strangely touching that those kids wanted to meet their parents at their age. So cool. Thanks for the wonderful post, Sharon! I really enjoyed it.

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    1. I that too, Sam. Kids say the darnedest things!

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  4. Four of your top 5 are on my list too...I'd trade out Walt for my aunt though.

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    1. LOL! Your aunt must have been someone special, Lizzie! Cheers!

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  5. I would love to meet Abe Lincoln's wife, George Washington's wife Martha as well. I would love to know what it was like in that time to have stood by people who would one day be infamous.

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    1. Sounds like you wanna meet the real bosses, Tina! Great choices!

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  6. Interesting choices all, but it's the combination that made me smile, Sharon.

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    1. Love making people smile, Rhea! Hugs!

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  7. What a great list of people, Sharon. :-) Leonardo Da Vinci would be on my list for sure!

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    1. Great minds think alike, Amaleen! Cheers for all your support during my month-long celebration!

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