K-'s first big research project in her school career was to do a report on Thomas Jefferson. She had to research Thomas Jefferson's personal life (we left out the part about infidelity), his accomplishments, where he lived and so forth. We learned many things. Among them, we learned that he was quite a gardener. He was the first (in the states) to grow tomatoes. He sent Louis and Clark out on their expedition. He was responsible for the Louisiana Purchase. He had a mockingbird named Dick who ate bits of food from between his lips. He was a cave explorer. He brought the recipe for ice cream over from Europe. He authored the Declaration of Independence and died on July 4, 1826- the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. A controversial gentleman, but the writer of the reason we have this day.
We celebrate the birth of the American independence and we thank you, Thomas Jefferson!