Revolutionary Blogging: I was Martha Washington
[The first in a series of posts with a July 4th theme]
In third grade, I was tapped for the role of Martha Washington in the school play. I have no idea what the play was; I believe it was something one of the teachers wrote herself and it had something to do with Washington crossing the Delaware.
My role as Martha was limited to my sitting on a chair and imploring my dear George to be safe and beware of the cold, harsh elements out there.
I wore a long blue skirt and a white frilly shirt. My mother put baby powder in my hair so it had the appearance of being whitish-gray, and I smelled like a fresh diaper.
It amazes me how I can remember the scene so vividly; waiting on the side of the stage for my cue, I held onto the railing that led to the stairs and exit until my knuckles turned white. As I looked out at all those faces in the audience I had a moment of sheer panic. I kept looking at the exit, then the audience, then back to the exit.
Finally, my cue came. I took a deep breath, flubbed my first line as I walked across the kitchen set, and then took my place in the chair where I did my "Oh, George you are my hero for loving your country this much" speech.
And that was it. It did not give me a great love for the stage; in fact, I never participated in another play again. However, it did make me want to know more about George Washington and his war.
My mother drove me to the library the very next day, where I discovered a book called George Washington's Breakfast.
A succession of books followed, mostly easy readers that told tales of the Revolutionary War through colorful pictures and monosyllabic words. Which, when you're in third grade, is just enough. Come to think of it, sometimes it's just enough when you're an adult as well.
I've listed some Fourth of July reading below and while they are all kids/young adult books, they do make for interesting reading or perhaps they would make a nice gift for your favorite young history buff.
No, I don't have an Amazon merchant's account, I don't get any money if you buy these books, this is not a paid advertisement.