There is a line from Disney’s original version of Mary Poppins that I never really understood. “Sometimes a person we love, through no fault of his own, can’t see past the nose on the end of his face”.
At the time I didn’t really know what that meant. As I got older I began to see what this meant both coming from myself when I couldn’t see past mine, and from others as I learned to watch and listen. It means that one is so preoccupied with oneself and one’s situation as to be unaware or uncaring of other people or the bigger picture.
As I look at social and political situations these days, it would appear there are any number of people who are shortsighted in this manner.
With that in mind, and with a great deal of the controversies aimed at our representatives and systems, I wanted to share the bigger picture. Have you ever read the Declaration of Independence for the United States of America? If you have, have you ever looked at it to see what it’s saying?
When I was a kid my father made sure we had a firm grasp on the foundations of US history. So much so that it caused me directly some issues in school. There were disagreements on some of the particulars in our founding documents. As it turns out, my Father was and is correct, and what is taught in school is taught so loosely as to lose meaning or any real significance.
I know this is a children’s blog, full of stories, and I wish to keep it that way. Because I feel as strongly as I do about my country I am going to share the Declaration of Independence with you today in the hope you will share it with your children. If you are not from this country I hope you have national pride in where you come from and its history and will share that with your children. If I can be of service in reading anything for those of you who are from lands foreign to me, I am more than happy to do so. Please message me with your request. In any case, the story of the American Revolution is a good one. Not all stories must be fiction.
The Declaration is the ‘why’. Why did our ancestors feel we needed to be a sovereign country? Join me and find out. As it turns out, it was all made very clear. This Declaration also gives us a measuring stick for our current situation and what it is we will be leaving to our future generations.
It is my privilege to read to the world.