The Cherry Tree Myth

By Rosie Moore

The cherry tree myth is the most well-known and longest enduring legend about George Washington. In the original story, when George was six years old, he received a hatchet as a gift and damaged his father’s cherry tree. When his father discovered what he had done, he became angry and confronted him. Young George bravely said, “I cannot tell a lie…I did cut it with my hatchet.” His father embraced him and rejoiced that his son’s honesty was worth more than a thousand trees. George was born in Pope Creek, Virginia, on February 22, 1732. Everyone knows that he was our first President of the United States, Commander of Continental Army, and a gentleman planter. Let’s make a cherry cobbler in his honor.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup milk.

1 (21oz) can of cherry pie filling, or two cups fresh cherries.

Directions: Preheat oven at 275 degrees in a 9”x13” baking dish and set on oven rack to melt butter. In medium bowl mix together the flour, sugar and baking powder. Stir in milk. Remove baking dish from oven as soon as butter is melted. Pour flour mixture into dish but DO NOT STIR. Pour fruit evenly into pan but do not stir. Raise oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake until golden brown for 50-60 min.

Next week I might write about another great president, Abraham Lincoln, who was also born in February.

Thought for the day: Adversity is another way to measure the greatness of individuals. I never had a crisis that didn’t make me stronger.   Lou Holt

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