Good Morning and Happy Sunday. I am happy to say that after my 1st day of resting with my leg elevated and feeling rather like the proverbial lump on the log yesterday that the redness and swelling in my leg is reduced. Not gone, but a little better. Repeating the process today in the hopes that it will be even better tomorrow.
Yesterday was about silly stuff and today’s is actually a little more serious, but very interesting and educational. I love that I get to learn new things throughout this process. Sometimes I’m actually surprised at events of great historical significance that I didn’t learn in school – I guess they don’t have the time to teach EVERYTHING though.
National Parents Day – I know we have Mother’s Day, and we have Father’s Day, but this is special and different. This isn’t just a Hallmark holiday intended to sell cards, candy and gifts. Today is the day to honor the importance of the family structure and family values, which are so important for the health of our children and of the nation. That structure and those values are established and nurtured by our parents. The best way to mark this day is by spending time with your parents, letting them know how much they are loved and appreciated. Since I’m unable to get up and go hang out with Mom and Dad today, they may come down to wish hubby a belated birthday and visit for a bit with us. I truly hope my parents know how much I love and appreciate them – but I’ll make sure they know it today, just in case. As an interesting side note, this day (the 4th Sunday in July) was proclaimed as National Parents Day in 1994 by President Clinton.
Anne Hutchinson Memorial Day – (Always on a Sunday before or after her birthday 7/20) –
I am a little embarrassed to say that I didn’t know who Anne Hutchinson was, but after reading about her, I am hoping that you appreciate her contributions to our history as I do, and honestly I feel like I should have dedicated an entire post to just this topic. Because there are other things to write about, I’ll be as brief as I can without doing injustice to this amazing woman.
Anne Hutchinson (1591-1643) was an early American colonist. She was famous as one of the early colonists of the Massachusetts Colony who was banished from Boston in 1637 for her religious and feminist beliefs, and fled to the Rhode Island Colony. She was actually called “an American Jezebel, who had gone a-whoring from God” by Governor John Winthrop. He also said she should be “tried as a heretic”. As I looked for specific facts about Anne Hutchinson and her life, I was completely enthralled by the details of her life. She was born and baptized on July 20, 1591 in Alford, Lincolnshire, England. Her parents were Bridget Dryden and Francis Marbury. Her father was a deacon at Christ Church, Cambridge, and was ahead of his time when it came to education. He believed – unlike the majority of his peers – that girls should also be educated. As a result she was very well-educated at home and developed a strong interest in theology. In 1612 she married William Hutchinson and they had 15 children together (busy woman!). They attended sermons by John Cotton and became followers of the Puritans and in 1634 when John Cotton joined the Puritan Colonies of New England, Anne’s family soon followed suit. They set sail to American in late 1634 with other colonists on the Griffin with the hope for religious freedom that was favorable to the new ideas of Puritanism. She joined the congregation of John Cotton, but she soon had issues with them because she had different ideas and she wished to have freedom of thought and to worship God as she believed, rather than how she was told to by the strict beliefs of the Puritans. The Puritans viewed women as inferior to men, and morally feeble individuals who would lead men to damnation if they were allowed to form an opinion or express a thought. Anne was determined to speak her mind, so she started a Women’s Club and held meetings in her home where the women discussed the Scriptures, prayed and reviewed sermons, and here she also expressed her own views. John Winthrop saw Anne as a ‘dissenter’ and denounced her meetings, stating that they were “a thing not tolerable nor comely in the sight of God, nor fitting for your sex.” He was determined to silence Anne and found a legal way to stop her. Small women’s prayer groups were allowed by law, but large groups listening to the teachings and opinions of one leader were thought to be disorderly, so in November of 1637 he had her arrested and placed in custody at the house of the marshal of Roxbury, Massachusetts. She was 46 years old and pregnant at the time. She was accused of violating the 5th commandment to “honor they mother and father” and because of that encouraging dissent against the fathers of the commonwealth. She was also charged that her meetings tempted women to neglect the care of their own families. She was found guilty of heresy and condemned to banishment by the Civil Court. Anne and her followers left Boston in 1638 for the settlement that had been established by Roger Williams at Providence, Rhode Island, and set up their home in Portsmouth. They adopted a new government which provided for trial by jury and the separation of church and state. Quite a forward thinking woman, very ahead of her time, and because of her and others like her, we have progressed to a time when women are considered to be equal, with their thoughts and opinions valued. And I have to admit, if I had lived in her time I would have been toast. Not a chance I would have been able to keep my mouth shut and my opinions to myself. Anyone who knows me, knows that to be true.
Buffalo Soldiers Day – This holiday was declared by Congress in 1992. But do you know who the Buffalo Soldiers were? I didn’t either! They were the U.S. Army regiments of African American soldiers, first formed on this date in 1866. The first of these regiments fought bravely for the Union during the Civil War. It is important to note that at that time the regiments were racially segregated. The black and white soldiers didn’t live together, or even fight together in the same regiment until the armed forces were integrated in the 1940s and 1950s. Though most of the segregated regiments had white officers, there were some black officers even during the Civil War. Henry O. Flipper is one example. Times have obviously changed greatly in the years since, as in 1989 Army General Colin Powell was appointed as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – which meant he was the highest ranking officer in the entire U.S. military. The term Buffalo Soldiers was a name given to the black soldiers by some Native Americans that they fought during the Indian Wars. The name could have been praise for the toughness of the soldiers, or just a comment on the soldiers curly black hair. Some historians thought it was a disparaging racial term meant to insult the soldiers, but there isn’t any proof of that and historically Native Americans were seen to appreciate attributes over skin color. Today there are reenactments, dedications and special programs set up to pay tribute to the Buffalo Soldiers. Love for our nation isn’t about race, it’s about being patriots to the core and fighting for what we believe in. The Buffalo Soldiers are wonderful examples of patriotism and love of this country and should be remembered as the heroes that they were.
This Day In History –
1914 – World War I began
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Milk Chocolate Day – I love milk chocolate. A lot. More than I should actually! It doesn’t much matter to me if it is in candy bar form, as chocolate milk, in cake, as a topping for ice cream, or sprinkles! I love it. Dark chocolate may be what is “in” these days because of all of the health benefits that are talked about, but let’s just face reality, it doesn’t have the sweet, creamy wonderfulness of milk chocolate. Today would be the day for a special treat, a day to indulge that inner craving for milk chocolate – even if it is only one single bite. Here are some treats from www.food.com to get you started. Yum!!!
Once again I’m later than I wanted to be – but I read a lot of information before I was able to pare it down to this! Please have a wonderful day! I think it’s time to make lunch! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!