...our first President: General George Washington (and his dapper white wig).
What do you think, Addie-George? Feeling patriotic on this Presidents' Day?
W is also for wheelbarrow. Our first president was a farmer and a soldier. I wonder if his wheelbarrow was made in the USA? Probably in England. (Have you been to Mount Vernon? It's a fascinating place.)
General Washington's 279th birthday is tomorrow. Addie's twenty-third weekly birthday was yesterday. Celebrations all around!
The photoshoot prop: I remember when I was a kid, we made presidential wigs of some kind in school. Something to do with rolling paper around pencils? When I did a Google search, I discovered this craft of a powdered wig, which I attempted to make out of a paper bag and cotton balls. The trouble was that Addie's head was too small and the paper bag didn't sit very well.
I thought to myself: If only I had something that would hug the shape of her head. Something that has elastic and is soft and pliable?
Oh, that's right. Thanks to a trip to Costco yesterday, I have about 200 of them. They're called diapers.
So a few minutes with Elmer's glue, a diaper (luckily I had a generic white one lying around), a red ribbon, and 100 cotton balls and I was set. It's actually really cute in person. You know. For being a diaper covered in cotton balls.
The celebration of the day: Even though celebrating Presidents' Day isn't all that glamorous--I would be surprised if Hallmark had cards celebrating Presidents' Day--in light of all the global political upheaval, I felt like today is a great day to be thankful for a president who set a precedent of what our nation should expect in a leader. Not everyone agreed with his decision to rule only 8 years, but he was a wise man who knew when to give up power. With one exception (our benevolent dictator FDR who managed to be elected 4 times), our leaders remain in office no more than 8 years.
We may not like them, but we can vote them out. And even if our individual vote can't get them out, the 22nd amendment makes sure they leave after eight years. No fussing about it. No war. No protests. No gunfire in the streets. The outgoing president and the incoming president shake hands and that's that.
So today I think of General Washington who stepped up and led our nation when it needed him.
And then amazingly he stepped down from the presidency because he thought it was the right thing to do.
After seeing the bloodshed other countries go through, and are currently going through, in order to get new political leaders, I'll never think of Presidents Day the same again.
Happy Presidents' Day. It's a pretty great day to be an American.