Wave Your Flag For Ms. Ross
At this time of year, one of the most American of holidays comes around to celebrate freedom and break ties with old, stodgy ways of doing things. Of course, the holiday is Independence Day, July 4.
I was thinking about the design of the US flag and those from around the world when my mind went to Betsy Ross - the designer and seamstress of the first "stars and stripes". Quite a designer, that Ms. Ross.
Betsy Ross was a struggling upholstery business owner and had personal ties with George Washington, one of our Forefathers. George showed Betsy a rough design of a flag with a five-pointed star and that talented lady knew exactly what to do. Apparently, she was able to cut a five-pointed star in a single snip. She wowed George and the rest of the boys with that talent and she got the job.
Although other flags were around at the time, such as the "Don't Tread On Me" flag (which I still love and is very relevant today), but when the US was being formed and desired emancipation from the Motherland and King George, the red, white, and blue stars and stripes were the way to go. Betsy did her handiwork and the US flag was born, although it wasn't officially adopted and made official until June 14, 1777.
Ms. Ross was quite a lady and a great designer of her time. She lost two husbands during the Revolutionary War, sewed cloth pouches for the Army boys to hold their gunpowder, ran her upholstery business, AND made the American flag - all while looking quite stylish. What a gal! We owe a lot to her and should pause to remember that women, as well as men, can be talented designers and can contribute much to the world. I just wonder if she and ol' George had anything going on the side.