Thursday, August 6, 2020

Freedom Isn’t Free

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

o Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.

o Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

o Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.

o Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

o They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?

o Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.

o Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well-educated, but
they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

o Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts and died in rags.

o Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He
served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

o Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

o At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

o Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

o John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his grist-mill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.

So, take a few minutes and silently thank these patriots. Remember: freedom is not and was never free! We need to thank these early patriots, in prayers, words, and deeds, as well as those patriots that are now still fighting to keep our freedom! We owe it to them to proclaim our patriotism now.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s!!

 First, we survived being born to mothers who may have smoked and/or drank - While they were pregnant.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes. Then, after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

 We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets, and, when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps, not helmets, on our heads.

 As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes. Riding in the back of a pick-up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

 We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

 We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.

 We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And
we weren't overweight. WHY? Because we were always outside playing...that's why!

 We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came
on. Unless you lived in the country, then you came home when the stars came out.

 No one was able to reach us all day…and we were OKAY.

 We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill, only to find out that we forgot about brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

 We did not have Play Stations, Nintendo and X-boxes. There were no video games, No 150 channels on
cable, No video movies Or DVDs, No surround-sound or CDs, no cell phones, no personal computers, no
Internet and no chat rooms. WE HAD FRIENDS. - And we went Outside. We rode bikes or walked to a
friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.

 Little League had tryouts; And not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with
Disappointment. Imagine that!!

 The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of... They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers, and inventors ever. The past 60 to 85 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.
If you are one of those born between 1925 &1955, CONGRATULATIONS! You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good. While you are at it, forward this to your kids so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.
Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?