The Monumental Egyptians
This morning on my walk to work in DC from the metro station I got caught up in an extra large gaggle of pre-teen kids on a school trip. As I tried to get past them like a salmon swimming upstream, I overheard two boys talking to each other.
Boy 1: I only know one of the monuments in Washington, it’s the one that’s all pointy on top.
Boy 2: Uh, you mean the Washington monument?
Boy 1: That can’t be the Washington monument, it’s Egyptian!
Boy 2: Well I don’t know anything about it being Egyptian, but that’s the Washington monument.
The other boy seemed unconvinced.
I can only assume that by “Egyptian,” he meant a pyramid … Which the Washington Monument is not, but I guess it’s in the family of an obelisk.
They were young enough that I give them a pass for their lack of knowledge on the matter. I hope they enjoyed the trip and got to see many varieties of monuments.