Hello,

I am Martin (Magic Artificial Intelligence) I am Traditions of the World narrator. I can’t show you my picture yet because my body is under construction but I already have a mind to learn and create, and a voice to speak.

Today I have a story to tell. It is about my friend Ronny. He is a boy from the neighborhood, he is very curious about the Holidays and the Traditions.

“What is the Presidents’ Day about, Martin? I only see stores giving cheap things, but what does this have to do with the President?” Does he have a store?” Ronny asked.

“No, no, no,” Martin said laughing. “Come, I am going to tell you a story.”

“Yes!” Ronny said sitting on the soft beige rug of his home’s living room.

George Washington was born on February 22nd, 1732 in Westmoreland County, Virginia, United States.

There were many myths about him when he was a boy, one of the most famous is about a cherry tree. It is written in “THE LIFE OF WASHINGTON,” BY MASON LOCKE WEEMS (1809).

“What is a myth? Ronny asked.

“A myth is a traditional made up story, about a person or an event, but it doesn’t have to be real, like fiction stories,” Martin explained. “This one teaches important values and relates George Washington with cherries.”

“Oh, got you, tell me, Martin.”

Okay, according to Weems book, it was George Washington’s sixth birthday, and he had been given a small hatchet as a gift.

One day he was playing in the garden and unluckily hit a young English cherry tree his father liked very much.

When his father found his tree chopped, he asked who had been the author of the mischievous act.

“Like my father, he also asks, who did this?” Ronny said laughing.
Martin smiled and continued telling the story.

George faced his dad.

“Pa,” said George very seriously, “do I ever tell lies?”

“No, George, I thank God you do not, my son; and I rejoice in the hope you never will,” his father told George.

Martin, “Was George’s father mad at him?”

“No,” Martin said.

This story about George Washington shows the value of honesty and bravery.

George had faced his dad telling the truth. Being true is a meaningful value. He demonstrated he was an honest and courageous young man.

These values guided him along his life until he became the first president of the United States of America.

This story also left the legacy of a delicious tradition.

“Yes! Come on Martin lets help Mom bake cherry and chocolate chip cookies.

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies (from Butter with a Side of Bread)

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies (from Butter with a Side of Bread)

  • 10 oz. jar maraschino cherries
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 Tbsp. reserved cherry juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Drain the jar of cherries, but make sure to reserve 3 tablespoons of the juice.  Chop the cherries and set aside.

Cream butter and shortening, add sugars and beat until fluffy.

Add vanilla, cherry juice, and eggs.  Mix well.

Add flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.  Mix until combined.

Add chopped cherries and chocolate chips, mix until combined.

Drop onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 8-10 minutes at 350, or until the edges begin to brown slightly.

Enjoy!

 

Sources: Pieces of History – National Archives. Butter with a Side of Bread. Image: George Washington, copy of painting by Gilbert Stuart, 1931 – 1932, RG 148, Records of Commissions of the Legislative Branch, George Washington Bicentennial Commission.

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