Yesterday morning, as we were planning our itinerary for the summer, I asked The Five-Year-Old if she would like to go visit the Mayflower in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
The Five-Year-Old: “What’s the Mayflower?”
Mommyo: “It’s the ship the Pilgrims took to get from England to America almost four hundred years ago.”
The Five-Year-Old: “Can we see the actual ship?”
Mommyo: “Well, no. We would visit the Mayflower II. But it’s been built to be exactly like the ship the Pilgrims took, so walking around it should still be pretty neat.”
The Five-Year-Old: “What happened to the Mayflower One?”
I didn’t know, but the iPhone did (naturally). Apparently the original Mayflower was taken to Rotherhithe, London in 1623 and turned into scrap lumber. (Didn’t these people have any sense of history?)
Bonus question from The Five-Year-Old: “Why was it called the Mayflower?”
According to Wikipedia (because of course I didn’t know), in the seventeenth century lots and lots of ships were named Mayflower in honor of the white flowers that bloom on chestnut trees in–you guessed it–May.