Monday, July 4, 2016

4th

Here we are on July 4th celebrating yet another year in our country's history.  Our 240th year if my math is correct, although I'm never sure of that!

One of my favorite things to do on July 4th is watch the movie 1776. It was a Broadway musical written, I believe, for the bicentennial celebration of our country back in 1976. When the theater run was over they made a movie with the theater cast and its wonderful. I love the characters, the acting, the dialog - I love it all. And the music is also great.

One of my favorite parts is the interplay between John and Abigail Adams. John was a farmer in Massachusetts before being pulled into the revolution, and while he was busy in Philadelphia fighting Congress to vote for independence, Abigail was back on the farm with her 5 children, trying to keep things together on her own. Theatrical its tricky business because the show is set in Philly, but through a constant exchange of letters, with Abigail, through the magic of theater, showing up to speak directly to her husband as he reads what she's written, we are able to get a glimpse into what must have been pretty difficult times for the hardy, strong women of this country back in the 1700s. She is taking care of the family, running the farm, organizing local ladies groups to make salt peter for the troops, and trying to remain steadfast for the man, and the land, that she loves. Watching their correspondence makes me think about all the women who stood behind their men back then, literally holding things together so the men could do the work that needed to be done.

Women have always been behind the scenes holding things together. And right now I can really identify. So here's to the ladies of the revolution - may they continue to inspire us today when we face our own hurdles. Their inspiration can take us a very long way.

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