We visited Washington D.C. for the first time this summer. It was exciting to visit all the places I had seen on television.
The White House, National Cathedral, WW II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, National Archives, the Watergate Complex… the list goes on and on (by the way… 4 days isn’t long enough to visit Washington… you need about 87 to see everything).
I have decided to leave Ford’s Theater out of the discussion because I’m still trying to get the whole Hard Rock Café fiasco out of my head.
These places are so common to me because I have seen them a thousand times on the news, in history books, and even in movies.
Before I stepped foot in Washington, I had a picture in my mind of what things would look like.
Everything would be perfect.
With all the visitors that come to Washington, the monuments and memorials in our nation’s capital would be in the best possible shape.
I figured the government must pour millions of dollars into their upkeep.
I was wrong.
Everything wasn’t perfect. And it retrospect it couldn’t be.
The pictures I had seen over the years were taken to put everything in the best light (so to speak).
The buildings came the closest to being what I imagined. The National Cemetery in Arlington and the National Cathedral were even more impressive than I could have imagined.
Then there was the National Mall.
I was looking forward to seeing where they hold the Independence Day fireworks and all of the other great yearly events.
When we made our way to the mall, I couldn’t have been more disappointed.
To put it kindly, it’s a dump.
Trash, dirty bathrooms, stagnant water in the reflecting pool, and dead grass. If there is grass at all.
More like dead mud.
There was also a certain smell I couldn’t put my finger on. Not that I wanted to put my finger on it.
The Mall just wasn’t what I expected.
I guess I should’ve had lower expectations.
Especially since our legislators are in charge, and I figure they are hesitant to give money to the District of Columbia when they can ship it back to their home districts for very important projects (note to reader… this is sarcasm).
The mall hosts millions of visitors a year. You can’t have that many people walking around and expect it to look like a golf course.
I get that.
On the other hand I don’t think the National Mall should look like the grounds at the county fair.
Since it’s our nation’s front lawn, I think we should take care of it.
The least we can do is pay a high school kid $20 to mow it (or smooth out the mud).