History lessons discussed the job of growing tobacco in the Virginia Colony of John Rolfe. The massive amounts of labor needed brough about slavery. Today as we drove, one of the Gs noticed a TOBACCO shop along the road. I asked them if they remembered when the last time they smelled cigarette smoke. They said that it was in downtown Chicago on a weekend trip in January. That was over a month ago! I explained that when I was a child, more people smoked and there was smoking in restaurants, stores, cars and even at church. I was thankful that they don’t have to deal with the smell or a parent that spent too much money on cigarettes.
We will continue to discuss the effects of cigarette smoking on the health of our bodies. We will also continue to study in history about slavery and the Triangular Trade from Europe to Africa to the Western Hemisphere. I’m not sure how, but maybe when we try to get to North Carolina this summer for ocean habitat study, we will be able to see some tobacco barns. Maybe I’ll be able to discuss the fact that some slavery still exists among the poor and weak of the world.