So This Is What Sleeping Beauty Looks Like!

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You know, there comes a point when a person just has had enough and just can’t “go” anymore. It is seemingly especially true of little ones because their bodies burn so much energy just growing and building themselves! So, after the little legs have worn themselves down to the nubbin’s by running as far as they can, when the little arms have waved and gestured as much as they possibly could, when the little hands and fingers have reached and grasped until they are worn out, the owner simply must obey nature’s demand to get some rest!

Have you ever wondered what Sleeping Beauty looked like? I know, I’ve seen the movies and pictures of her, too, but I have to say, Sleeping Beauty never was more beautiful than this sleeping beauty….my youngest grand daughter.

This was taken on Labor Day. When their family arrived at our house for a BBQ, she and her sister had already been to a Princess Teahouse that morning for a combined birthday present and I’m sure that it was as exciting for them as could possibly be – especially for this littlest one as she is fascinated by princesses – especially Disney’s Belle.  So after dressing up, putting on eye-shadow (visible on her eyelids in the picture) and other make-up, having “tea” and snacks, and playing Belle for several hours, she fell asleep on their way to our house. I went down to greet them when they pulled up, and she was totally zonked. I, being the captivated grandpa that I am, HAD to go back and get the camera. I wouldn’t have missed this for the world.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1776, the Continental Congress formally declared the name of the new nation to be the “United States” of America. This replaced the term “United Colonies,” which had been in general use. (I never knew this!!!)

In the Congressional declaration dated September 9, 1776, the delegates wrote, “That in all continental commissions, and other instruments, where, heretofore, the words ‘United Colonies’ have been used, the stile be altered for the future to the “United States.”

A resolution by Richard Henry Lee, which had been presented to Congress on June 7 and approved on July 2, 1776, issued the resolve, “That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States….” As a result, John Adams thought July 2 would be celebrated as “the most memorable epoch in the history of America.” Instead, the day has been largely forgotten in favor of July 4, when Jefferson’s edited Declaration of Independence was adopted. That document also states, “That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES.” However, Lee began with the line, while Jefferson saved it for the middle of his closing paragraph.

By September, the Declaration of Independence had been drafted, signed, printed and sent to Great Britain. What Congress had declared to be true on paper in July was clearly the case in practice, as Patriot blood was spilled against the British on the battlefields of Boston, Montreal, Quebec and New York. Congress had created a country from a cluster of colonies and the nation’s new name reflected that reality.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: Twenty-five million people die each year from contaminated water. That is the entire population of Canada.


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