The Father of Our Country,
We always had lessons about President Washington in grade school
(as well as having the day off -- the real day, not a made up day)
And of course, every year we learned about George and the cherry tree
The lesson being that it isn't good to lie!
Mother always celebrated as well
Because of George and the cherry tree
We always had a cherry pie for dessert
(and growing up, real desserts were for Sundays
weekdays were fruit, pudding or jello)
I've taken the tradition of celebrating
President Washington's Birthday
a step further
By making a
Of course, it's a pie that's really a cake
(like in Boston Cream Pie)
and it is a cousin to England's Victoria Sponge
(but George came first
but then the Brits wouldn't name a cake after Washington!)
And if we have a cake for tea
we must have company
Two little girls and their mother
will be invited for tea
The table's all set
The silver is shining
And blooming hyacinths make a pretty and fragrant centerpiece.
Spode's Camilla tea plates, cups and saucers
And a freshly ironed tea napkin
And the "pie"
four layers of cake
filled with raspberry jam spiked with Kirshwasser
And a pretty sprinkle of powdered sugar on top
The table's all ready
where we'll have a birthday celebration
for George Washington!
But . . . no candles!!!!
I've never liked it when they moved Washington's Birthday to a Monday
and then changed it's name!
And I refused to celebrate
"the third Monday of February"
as President's Day!
It's February 22
And it's Washington's Birthday!