We have all taken tests on it. We have all studied about it. But how much do we REALLY remember about our U.S History we learned about in school? Not going to lie, I had to do some brushing up on my history to feel confident to write this post! I mean, when was the last time you thought about the Preamble of the Declaration of Independence. What is the Preamble? Tisk Tisk... What is the Declaration of Independence? Okay..GIT! Hopefully you didn't just think that.
Before I go on though, take this short 3 question basic U.S history quiz. I will share the results next week on my follow-up 4th of July blog post where I will attempt to cook for you all and showcase either imminent kitchen disaster or a spectacular culinary sight! Stay tuned.. ;)
We celebrate the 4th of July as THE day where we decided to cut away from the Brits across the pond. We declared our independence. The main points of the Declaration of Independence are:
4th of July Fun Facts
1) About 150 million hot dogs are consumed that day! Do you guys watch the National Hot Dog Eating contest that also airs on the 4th? I never can believe people take that so seriously and train year round!
2) The song Yankee Doodle was originally written by British soldiers to mock us Yankees.
3) John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all died on a 4th of July.
4) Around $600 million is spent on fireworks every year.
5) If you want to watch the United State's biggest 4th of July Fireworks Show, you will have to make your way to New York and watch the Macy's Fireworks.
Hopefully you all passed the above quiz and hopefully... you stop on in to Market on Oak to check out our 4th of July decor!
Oh! Before I forget..
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America"
That there folks, is the Preamble (or intro) to the Declaration of Independence. ;)
It has been 12 years since I graduated high school. The year was 2006. I drove a Volkswagen Passat and blared anything ranging from Sublime, Gorillaz to Beyonce and Fergie. And you cannot forget Gwen Stefani’s, "Hollaback Girl". I had splurged on a really cool CD deck and I would take it out and store it in my glove box when I left my car anywhere in case anyone would steal it. I mean… It had computer GRAPHICS on it people.
A lot has changed since then. Let’s start with the obvious.
Phones and technology:
I had one friend who was obsessed with texting. She was so fast, but fortunately for her we had T9Word back then to speed things up for us and our thumbs! And wow, you can get the internet on your phone? I remember thinking “Why would anyone need that? We have computers to print out our Mapquest directions. Duh”. Nowadays, our phones have become intertwined in our lives. Much of school is done online. IPADS and smart boards are just part of the normal curriculum nowadays. Even much of grading is done online now. Goodbye scantron sheets.
This is something I literally can not imagine what it is like growing up with. For me to know what anyone was up to, I would have to physically call their house phone or their cell if they were lucky enough to have one. I remember it was end of Senior year and I was sitting in the media center when a girl next to me was showing me this new website called Facebook. I thought it was so cool you could tag people in photos! Fast forward to now and you have Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, Insta and even finstas. No more calling your friends to see what they are up to. Just check that device that fits in the palm of your hand.
One thing that hasn’t changed for graduates though is what an exciting time this is in their lives. It is the beginning of a new chapter. If I could give my 18 year old self some advice; it would be this…
My first semester at college I failed my first Calculus test. I was an A student in high school. I balled my eyes out. The thing is: it doesn’t matter! Just relax! Everything will work out and be just fine. More than fine actually! This goes for much much more than just a small tiny test in school but life in general.
People are going to come and go out of your life. It might be disappointing sometimes but that is just a part of it. You are going to find out who your real friends are and who you actually want in your life. So many new friends and memories will be made. It is also still great to get together with the people who have known me since my butterfly clip and overall-wearing days though! You will also find some friendships never change.
In general, the below sign sums up how you should strive to live your life. All you can do is your best. Being happy also comes with not comparing yourself to others. So don’t believe that Instagram account! Sometimes it is all a facade. And really… who cares!? You.do.you!
So for all the graduates out there.... Congratulations!
And in this next chapter of life; Remember..
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