Sunday, July 3, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

I couldn't think of a better way to honor the founders of our country than by telling you about this book, Founding Mothers, by Cokie Roberts. I've been wanting to read it for years, but never got around to it. I'm blessed with parents who are voracious readers, so I have a constant supply of free books. Their senior center has tons to take/borrow. It's a great place to donate books to also.

Anyway, back to this book. It is the most amazing account of the beginning of our country! It's a little hard to follow due to the number of women, men, and events covered, but well worth it. It was like my favorite art history class, 15th century Renaissance, where you get all the dirt and behind the scenes stories, often in their own words. Loved it!!! You get a real picture of what life and society was like then. You also realize that, for better or worse, absolutely nothing about politics has changed since then. If you're as into history as I am, you will really enjoy it. It covers the road to revolution all the way until the 19th century, mostly covering the revolutionary period. These women and men were amazing! One of the women (Abigail Adams, I think?) wondered in a letter if future generations would remember the sacrifices they made for our country. I do now. When I got to the section about the preamble to the constitution I got the chills. It's so beautifully written. Of course, whenever I think of it the Schoolhouse Rock song pops into my head.

Enough gushing. I hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July. We'll be parading around our neighborhood. So excited that the route passes in front of our house. So fun. 

Thank you so much to all the soldiers, past and present, who serve our country! We are forever in your debt.

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