Monday, February 18, 2008

President's Day

President's Day or is it Presidents' Day or Presidents Day?

I liked having Lincoln's Birthday - February 12
I liked having Washington's Birthday - February 22

In school, we talked about the men - we drew log cabins for Abe and Cherry Pies for George - and they became the symbols and memory triggers for the many things we learned
about these great Americans and Presidents.

I always thought (and still do) that, additionally, we needed a Founder's Day.

Now we have this day that no one knows anything about
except that Federal (and some State) Employees get off.

President's Day = a day to celebrate one specific President (which one?)
Presidents' Day = a day to celebrate many specific Presidents (which ones?)
Presidents Day = a day of many Presidents (all of them?)

So now, no one celebrates anything - no one learns anything -
no one knows anything about the Presidents.

How Sad.


Buck said...

How Sad.

How true. I could go on, but I won't. We're on the same page, chapter, and verse, Cynthia.

Flag Gazer said...

I hate this stupid day - it means I can't go to the bank or ship the care packages at the post office - that's it.

I did hear on the radio that there are sales today!

MaryAnn said...

I was just thinking the same thing before reading your post, Cynthia. Do the kids today talk about chopping down the cherry tree or the log cabin? Probably not. Having a day named after someone and talking about things like that brings the person to life. That's what inspires an interest and a curiosity about history, which is so important.
What a shame.

Jenn of the Jungle said...

I celebrated having a Monday off.

I do however remember fondly drawing apple pies, in fact we actually got to eat some, and making log cabins out of popsicle sticks. And talking about these famous men. Ah... the good old days.

P.S. the sales were fabulous.

Flag Gazer said...

Jenn - LOL!!!

Sarge Charlie said...

tis sad my friend

Miss B said...

very true. i wish i had taken more of an interest in the history classes as a youth. i am now trying to soak up everything i can about all of it...

as always, i am amazed by your blog. i love reading the bios of the heroes; i just wish it weren't because they gave all.

Flag Gazer said...

Miss B - thank you - I wish the same