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Tensions in Boston in early 1775 were at an all time high. Boston’s ports had been closed as punishment for the “Destruction of the Tea,” the despised Governor Hutchinson had been replaced by a military man, General Gage, and the Regular Army was back in town for it’s second round of occupation. And down in Philadelphia, the Continental Congress had been meeting– all thirteen colonies united, making decisions collectively instead of as separate entities for the first time. Things were changing in America.
And the gaps were getting wider.
History buffs put your thinking caps on: Can you guess what Aunt Mary might be trying to talk Joseph Warren out of doing?
Well, Happy Valentine’s Day! From Colonial Williamsburg I learned a few fun facts about 18th Century Valentine’s traditions. From their website: “Colonial women wrote their lovers’ names on bits of paper, rolled them in clay, and put them into a vessel of water; the first that rose to the top was their valentine.” Another I read was pinning a bay leaf to each corner of your pillow, and one in the center on the night before Valentine’s Day, and if you dreamed of your sweetie, you were sure to be married by year’s end. And one more custom described on the site is that “the first person you lay eyes on Valentine’s morning becomes your spouse. As a love-smitten lass wrote: ‘Would you think it? Mr. Blossom was my man. I lay abed and shut my eyes all the morning, till he came to our house, for I would not have seen another man before him for all the world.’ ”
(I’m fairly certain 18th Century Bea tried all of these in hopes of pinning down Alan!)
Well since there is nothing romantic about today’s update, I thought I’d do something special for the voting incentive.
VOTE to download a special Dreamer Valentine’s Day wallpaper!