I love spending time with my adult daughter. She is a ton of fun, endlessly cheerful and thinks her mom is the greatest thing since sliced bread! She and I are working on low carbing together and trying to dump our tons of excess weight. We had a very successful low-carb 4th yesterday, with lots of great food, a couple of movies, and loads of laundry 😉
Many thanks to Jamie Van Eaton, otherwise known as “Cleochatra” for her fabulous 4th recipes that were nuggets of low-carb gold. The Kiddo and I had grilled chicken wings, hot dogs with low-carb oopsie rolls spiced up with garlic, onions and cheese in them (see Cleochatra’s site “The Lighter Side of Low-Carb” for recipes) with Cleo’s low carb relish made sweet instead of dill, low carb strawberry shortcake with sweetened vanilla oopsies, strawberries, whipped cream and pudding 😉
We held our annual viewing of 1776, our favorite 4th of July movie, and brooded over the bravery of the Founding Fathers in forming a new nation against the full might of the British Empire. What a thing to do, to actually ESTABLISH a nation, based on the principle of personal freedom. What a sad thing to behold when people turn their back on history and the Constitution and allow their freedoms to be eroded in exchange for temporary safety (yes, I know that it was not a real Franklin quote, but still appropriate). We reviewed the 17 the amendment yesterday in our ongoing quest to know the Constitution better. Eventually I will get to where I can pass that 8th grade test that was kicked around on the net! Note: I checked out the Snope’s page on this test and although they gave it a “false” rating; the false was directed at whether or not this was proof of declining educational standards, not about the authenticity of the test itself. Snopes blames the failure rate for modern test takers on changing standards and specialized information and states that modern tests are much broader in terms on science, world knowledge, foreign language etc. This is true, but I believe it still shows a decline in educational standards, especially in the area of civics and government: we need to hammer down on these issues as well as science and foreign language. It is a travesty that children are exposed more heavily to “social studies”, world cultures, sports and social activities than on their rights and responsibilities as a US Citizen, let alone a world citizen. You can learn both. One strengthens the awareness of how our nation is intended to function, the other stretches our minds to move beyond our own bubble and increases critical reasoning skills so that we view our nation and the world with healthy skepticism/criticism and keeps us on our toes!
Oh, and Note 2: I despise rampant nationalism and think it is akin to mental illness; don’t take this post as an endorsement of flag-waving nuttery. I think there is much to be proud of in the ideals founding our nation (in spite of some things that were not so “nice” regarding our founder’s motivations), and much to despise in how we have squandered whatever goodness there was in our origins.
Here: have a beer after that soapbox…it will wash the taste of the soap outta your mouth;)