Monday, February 16, 2009

George Washington

Today our country "observes" George Washington's birthday, whatever that means. Usually it means the banks and libraries are closed as well as schools, but other than that I'm not sure anything special happens in too many places. I just happened to have, in my collection, a photograph of young George and thought today the perfect time to post it. As you can see he has a cherry branch in his clutches.

This was actually one of the neighbor boys when my brother was small and next door to our house grew a cherry tree. Each summer we would pick the sour cherries and eat them or try to sell them door to door. Once in a while Mom would decide to bake them into a pie. One year, I think I was in junior high, I was up in the tree and decided to jump on one of the branches. It couldn't handle the stress and the whole thing snapped off leaving a gapping hole. For several days I was known to my brother by the name George.

Following are a few quotes from our first President and founding father, George Washington-

"It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible."

"Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."
"To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace."

(Maybe today I'll make a cherry pie...)


  1. Mmmm, cherry pie! Thanks for the quotes. They were "good eats".

  2. George Washington, the father of our country. He grew Marijuana in his garden... but only for making ropes, though I can't guarantee that he didn't hide a little stash for personal use too, ha ha, just kidding.

  3. I love it!
    I am SO not good enough to accomplish that in our schooling. :P
    We'll just eat the pie.