In finance, capital appreciation is the term used to describe the increased value of your money over a period of time. But maybe, just maybe, it has another meaning!
For me, my capital appreciation, occurred last spring when I agreed to be a chaperone on my grandson’s eighth grade trip to Washington, D. C. I was excited to go. You can imagine that he was less excited to have his grandfather on his class trip. I’m sure George (that’s my grandson) thought: “How embarrassing!
I came to school in the U.S. from my native Canada and eventually decided that I would become a U.S. citizen. I am proud of my decision, have never for a second regretted it, and, as proof of my commitment, I cheer for the U.S. Olympic hockey team! That should say it all to those who know me well.
Anyway, back to the trip. I had been in Washington a number of times over my professional and academic career. Typically however, it meant flying in to D.C., meeting followed by meeting, and then flying out again. I saw a number of the monuments from the window of the cab.
This time, however, it would be different! The trip was four days, and it was packed with visits to museums and historical sights. Frankly, the days were longer and busier than any business trip I had been on in D.C. For example, we started at 8 a.m. the second day, and after a full day and evening of visits, got to the Jefferson monument at 9:30 that evening. Exhausting but exhilarating capital appreciation.
We toured the monument and then, shortly after 10 p.m., we had a former student from George’s school give us a talk. He is now on President Obama’s legal staff. He told us the story of being hit by a car during his time in law school and spending a year in the hospital recovering. He talked about his commitment to serve the country. Very inspiring.
We hit all the biggies: the White House, the Presidential monuments, the Smithsonian, the war memorials (including the 9/11 monument at the Pentagon), the National Archives, Ford’s Theatre, the Holocaust Museum, and Arlington National Cemetery, among others.
I was responsible for “shepherding” my grandson and several of his classmates. Only the excitement of watching them see some of the monuments for the first time kept me going. And, I confess, it was my own, “capital appreciation” time.
As a new American, I learned so much about the history and traditions of the country on this visit. Actually being in this truly beautiful city, and the size and majesty of the monuments, made it quite emotional, if exhausting experience. For me, above all, the Constitution came alive as Capital Appreciation!
-Dr. Rick Oliver, CEO of American Sentinel University