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I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.

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Friday, July 3, 2009

Freedom, Fireworks, and Potato Salad

My friend Debbie, a most excellent social studies teacher and all around phenome, sent me this. Did Adams have foresight or what???

"John Adams, one of the signers of the Declaration and later second President, wrote to his wife, "I believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival... it ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other..."

And those powerful, powerful words..."We hold these truths to be self evident; that all men are created equal." I get chills every time I read or hear them.

Debbie also reminded me that Adams and Jefferson died on the same day, 50 years to the day of their signing the Declaration of Independence. Amazing!

Happy Fourth to All!!"

7 comments:

Purple Flowers said...

It is amazing indeed. I too get chills when I hear those same every important words. Great post! Have a wonderful Independence day!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

That is an amazing quotation, isn't it?

And I love the symbolic coincidence of them both dying on that day.

Hmmm. Maybe we should watch 1776 tonight.

Palm Springs Savant said...

I was not aware of that, interesting tidbit Kathy!


I made an awesome recipe for potatoe salad today, from Marta Stewart. I'm going to a BBQ tomorrow and wanted to bring something. I should have taken pictures of me making it.

Cheryl said...

Happy 4th Kathy. What are your plans for the day?

happyone said...

Happy 4th to you too!
We are certainly having beautiful weather. I'm sitting out on the deck now with my laptop with my clothes drying in the breeze.

jane said...

i get chills too. hope you had a wonderful day!

Brad said...

I've always been a bit suspicious about them both dying on the 4th. Wasn't it pretty common to give people a little nudge near the end back then? I know Britan did it with a george or two.