Have you ever thought about what it was like to grow up as the child of one of our nation’s Founding Fathers? Would your life have been like the other “kids on the block” — only your dad was off creating a new nation? Maybe you would have been the kid everyone wanted to be with or be like? Or, maybe you were totally different from every other kid in your neighborhood school?
Of course, we think the best way to learn about White House history is to take a Pickle Pea Walk. In Washington, DC. But, we do realize there are other, very delightful ways to get a look-see into life and work at the White House. And in our research for the walks, we have discovered some very good reads that help with this endeavor and are also great fun. Here are a few of these.
Kings and queens, chiefs, premiers, presidents and all manner of heads of state have exchanged gifts almost as long as there has been a civilized world. Gifts have been a symbol of respect between people of different cultures, a symbol of peaceful coexistence and international cooperation, even friendship.
But when our country was a young democracy, our leaders felt that accepting gifts from foreign countries was way too dangerous.
I know gardens may seem totally, totally boring!! And unless you're a lover of eating the freshest food ever, you probably see gardens as not very important. Farms maybe, but not gardens! But you're really missing something totally interesting, if you accept this!! You can learn a lot about people and periods in history from studying gardens.
Besides being an important office, the White House is also a home and many American homes have pets. So, of course, First Families since 1800 have had their own pets. Everyone loves being worshiped enthusiastically and unconditionally and many pets do just this! Presidents and their families keep pets for the same reason anyone else does – they love them.