Friday, May 15, 2009

The Hole Truth

Today is National Teachers Day. And don't think, just because the teachers just had a two-week flu vacation, shortly after a two-week Easter vacation, that they're not taking today off, too - because of course they are! On a related note, Querétaro schoolkids will be able to enjoy some specially modified lessons this year about the storming of the Bastille, because it was just announced that they'll still be in school on July 14.

Speaking of busting down doors and stickin' it to the crown, today is also a local holiday: "End of the Siege of Querétaro Day" - or something like that - marking the day in 1867 that Republican forces broke through the city's defenses and accepted the French-backed Emperor Maximillian's resignation (by which we mean, sentenced him to be shot to death). This is a question we've asked before, but since there are so many students sitting at home today with nothing to do, we thought we'd give them something to ponder...

This is the spot where the Republican forces broke through what was then the city's defensive wall. The top photo is from 1900, the other a recent shot by a staff photographer we had to let go for embezzling. The sign says that the troops "entered though this spot," meaning the hole. So, the sign commemorates the hole, not the wall.

From the differences in the stones in the two pictures, it's pretty obvious that the wall has been rebuilt some time in the last 109 years. But the sign, though new, says the same thing: that this is the hole through which the troops entered. But is it? If you rebuild the wall, is the hole the same hole? They're not even the same size and shape. But is it even possible to destroy a hole?

You may now pick up your pencils and open your blue books. You have 15 minutes.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

In the realm of time-space continuum, a hole can exist where a hole existed.
Unless,of course it is the enterance to the 9th Circle of Hell