One of my first day trips post Nikki occurred on September 9, 2014 with a drive from Indianapolis to Springfield, Illinois. It was an overcast and cold Friday when I toured the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the Lincoln Home National Historic Site and the Oak Ridge Cemetery where the Lincoln Tomb is. Of course, there was a stop at a craft brewery for local beer.
While outside the Lincoln Tomb, There were grade school kids surrounding this huge bronze bust of Lincoln. The kids were jumping and holding each other up to touch the nose of Lincoln. The Nose glowed a golden bronze as the kids did whatever they could to touch it.
I thought it was odd but gave it no further thought. Later, the attendant inside the Tomb asked if I had ‘rubbed’ Lincoln’s nose. I commented that I saw the school kids do that but didn’t understand why. He said it would bring you good luck. I walked outside the Tomb and to the bust of Lincoln. I rubbed the Nose.
After I rubbed the Nose, where no special feeling of good luck descended over me, I toured the cemetery and found the first Lincoln grave site. I paid respects to veterans at the Illinois Veterans Memorial and Korean War Memorial. Afterwards, I walked though the Lincoln Presidential Library which is more of a children’s museum than a place for somber reflection on a great man. Finally, I toured the Lincoln Home and thought it seemed small and unassuming for such a great man.