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I Never Claimed To Be A Historian.

I don't know if I've talked about it on here at all, but I'm homeschooling PreK for Levi this year and it's been so much fun.  He's learning so much, doing great, and we're both having an awesome time together!  But last night, something happened that made me rethink my homeschooling abilities.

Levi and I were coming home from Church (he had AWANA and I had a book study, so Husby was home with Ezra), and we were rushed before we left and so we stopped for supper on our way home.  Of course, we went to Chick-Fil-A.  We were sitting in the drive-thru line and Levi said, "Mommy, I wonder who made the United States of American flag?"  (He never calls it the flag.  It's always the United States of American flag. Ha!)

I told him who made the first one and all that I knew about the history of our great flag.  He listened quietly and proudly said, "I'm gonna tell Daddy that when we get home!"

We walked inside, settled in with our chicken and french fries and Levi said, "hey Daddy, I know who made the first United States of American flag."

Beaming from the couch at the wonderful new factoid that I taught our little boy, knowing in my heart that Husby was going to be so proud of him, I grinned from ear to ear as he confidently said ...

"Louisa May Alcott."

Husby stared blankly and said, "No she didn't".

"YES SHE DID!" I screamed, astonished that he was questioning this.

Levi piped in, "Yes, Daddy.  She did.  Mommy said."

"No.  She did not."

"Look it up!"

He grabbed his phone and I hurriedly grabbed mine trying to beat him to the punch.



Yeah, um ...  so ... she wrote Little Women.


When I saw the words "Betsy Ross", I started laughing so hard that I could NOT regain composure. I mean, I was done for.  Absolutely dying.  Choking on chicken and shooting Diet Coke out of my nose - dying.

I bet Betsy was a little woman, and word on the street is that Louisa was extremely patriotic.  And so that kind of makes them the same person.  Right?

Levi was looking at both of us like we had completely lost it and I was rolling around gasping for breath and wiping my tears.  I have absolutely no idea why or how I got the two confused, but my poor kid will probably forever think that Louisa May Alcott made the first flag.

Husby just shook his head as I grabbed Levi and told him about Betsy, trying to undo everything I had just done.  Levi was just happy that her name was so easy to say.

But, in my defense, there is no archival evidence that Betsy Ross was the one to make the flag ... so ya know, I bet ole Louisa did it after all.  Writin' stories, sewin' flags ... all when she was like 3.  She was one magnificent woman, that Louisa.

So,  ah-hmm, yeah.  Not my brightest moment, but goodness, one of my funniest.

Who wants to come teach my child history?

I am a modern day homemaker with a passion for family, cooking, celebrating, decorating, travel, and memory making! The Lord has blessed me with the desires of my heart in my husband and our two sons. We recently built our dream home and cultivating a loving and happy haven for my family is where I find so much joy.


  1. Bahahahaha! That is beyond hilarious! I just about peed my pants! :) Love it! We plan on homeschooling too, at least until Kindergarten. I better brush up on my history! ;)

  2. You and me both, sister! Just recently in my ethics class I was supposed to "Letter from the Birmingham Jail." I don't know if you know this or not, but it's apparently a famous persuasive letter written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. while he was in prison in Birmingham. Well, I didn't know that. So, when I was telling Mark what I needed to do I told him I had to read some letter about or from a jail in Birmingham - something to that effect. And Mark just busted up and I was like what?! And he proceeded to tell me of the famousness of the letter of which I was not familiar. Apparently I'm in the minority for not knowing. Can't win 'em all.

  3. Oh Whitney! Too funny! I was a history major so my kids (who are homeschooled) get in serious trouble for not paying attention to the one thing that Mommy is an expert in, lol. I also teach history for our co-op for the 3rd to 5th graders so trust me I have heard all the mistakes and just chuckle.

  4. Oh my goodness - I spit out my tea at my computer screen reading this! It was an honest mistake but I tell you what - I was thinking it was Betsy Ross the whole time too, so I was worried when I read the other name - LOL Thanks for the afternoon funny. :)

  5. I'm so glad to hear you are homeschooling! We made the decision this year to homeschool our 6 and 4 yo kids, and it has been an amazing experience thus far. I was reminded a few weeks ago that Betsy Ross made our first flag. Its nice to re-learn those little things you've forgotten over the years!

  6. LOL! That's so funny!!! I homeschool - knowing everything is NOT a requirement. You get to just re-learn it all right along with him. Still... very funny! History (and math) are not my strong suits!

  7. Ohmygosh that is hilarious!! I am so afraid when I have kids they will ask all kinds of questions I will never know the answer to..thank goodness for google and iphones these days! ;)

  8. So funny! Are you going to homeschool for kindergarten? My daughter is the same age and I'm considering next year but not sure what curriculum yet.


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