I apologize for my absence the past few weeks. I've been trying to cope with the horrific shooting that occurred at Mother Emanuel AME Church. It's been an emotional time for my city and the country as we lost nine incredible people. I'm proud of Charleston's grace, peace, and unity during this tragedy. Hate won't win.
Fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love that it falls in the middle of summer. It's full of festiveness and history. Living in a colony has made Independence Day even more special. When I sit on my back porch, I can see Bohicket Road in the distance. This is the very path British soldiers marched up on their way to invade Charleston! Another fun fact: I actually know a direct descendant of a signer of the Declaration and Constitution. Amazing! So, in honor of the fourth, I've themed my FIIL:
ONE: All-American Trivial Pursuit
I love me some Trivial Pursuit. My favorite version is the All-American edition. It came out in the 1990s, but most of the questions are still very relevant. There's none of that outdated nonsense about East and West Germany and the USSR like in the Genus editions. You'll learn fun facts about Hoover blankets (newspapers) and coffin nails (cigarettes)! You can pick it up on eBay.
Some of my prized possessions are my American Girl Dolls, their clothes, and furniture. I'll never stop loving them! American History, fashion, and tiny accessories?! That combination makes the best toys in my book. My favorite is Felicity from 1774. I love her copper hair, free spirit, tricorne riding hat, and truly American story. Sadly, she's one of the "retired" dolls.
PS, I also love her name. If I ever have a daughter, Felicity is at the top of my list. Don't steal it. Seriously.
I'm a big fan of 1776, with the exception of Edward Rutledge's portrayal. It's completely inaccurate. In fact, later in his career, Rutledge opposed opening the African slave trade. Aside from that, the film is full of fun songs and great acting. It's the perfect flick for the 4th of July.