Well, I hope you had a happy Fourth of July celebration, filled with fun, family, and fireworks. We hit two out of three. We were with family in Indiana and the fireworks there were canceled due to an all day - and most of the night - steady rainfall.
Besides commemorating an historical milestone this past weekend, something else significant happened on July 4 this year. The crown on the Statue of Liberty was reopened to the public.
I don't remember who sent me this link, but there are some unique photographs and some juicy tidbits of information on the regal lady here.
A very patriotic couple gave birth to identical twin girls one day, and as fate would have it, they were born on the Fourth of July. The father, inspired by his love for country and the happy day of their birth, wanted to name the girls Liberty and Justice. "You know, like in the Pledge of Allegiance," he explained.
His wife would hear nothing of it.
"Are you nuts? You can't have girls going through life with names like Liberty and Justice! First off, people will think they're 'for all'! What kind of reputation would that be? No, we're going to name them regular girl names, like Mary, or Jane."
Well, the argument went back and forth for about a month, when finally they decided that each one of them would name one of the girls. The father chose the name Liberty, and his wife picked the name Elizabeth for the other girl.
Time went on and the girls grew into beautiful young women. They did have a bit of a mischievous streak in them, however, and since they were so identical in appearance, they constantly played tricks on others who couldn't tell them apart.
As it happened, a young man met one of them and they began to date, but periodically one twin would trade places with the other and the boy couldn't tell the difference. And even though he was never sure which one he was with, he fell in love with both of them and wanted to marry one.
So one day he went to the father and explained his quandary. "I love both your daughters and I want to marry one of them, but honestly, I can't tell them apart, so I will leave the decision up to you. Give me Liberty or give me Beth."
[Just for Grins via Charlie's Chuckles; slightly retold by Mark Raymond]
WORD for YOUR WEEK: Remember last week's word, "pandemic"? I'll pick a similar word for this week: panacea. This is also from a Greek word: panakeios. "Pan" meaning, again, "all" and "akos" meaning "cure." So a panacea is a cure for all, or a cure for everything.