Since kindergarten was not yet offered in my hometown back in 1944, I learned to read the following year, when I was in the first grade. The first book I ever read was Dick And Jane.
See Dick run.
See Jane run.
See Spot run.
Run, Spot, run.
Run, run, run.
By the time the book was finished, I could read it from the opening page to the very last... without even opening the book. It seems that I had an excellent memory.
In second grade we were allowed to get a Public Library card and check out a maximum of two books per day. My first book from the library was titled The Story of Little Black Sambo.
Sambo is a little boy from India who meets up with four hungry tigers. He gives them his beautiful new clothes, his shoes, and hes umbrella so they will not eat him. The tigers each thinks he looks better than the other three. They chase each other around a tree, going faster and faster until they turn into to a puddle of melted butter. Sambo then gets his clothes back and his mother makes a big plate of pancakes and uses the melted-tiger butter. And how Sambo ate more than a hundred of the delicious pancakes.
In my mind I can still see the illustrations of the whirling tigers, and of Black Sambo, Black Mambo, and Black Jumbo in the book.
Of course I am aware of how the book was banned for being racist and how it was later republished without offensive words, and all that nonsense. I still remember it as a fine, suspense-filled, and utterly thrilling book
So, sue me.
The first public library in America was opened in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1698.
Three months before, on June 14, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution stating that "the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripes red and white" and that "the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation." The national flag, which became known as the "Stars and Stripes," was based on the "Grand Union" flag, a banner carried by the Continental Army in 1776 that also consisted of 13 red and white stripes. According to legend, Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross designed the new canton for the Stars and Stripes, which consisted of a circle of 13 stars and a blue background, at the request of General George Washington.
WORD FOR TODAY
- lacking force or originality; trite; commonplace
- overfamiliar through overuse
- devoid of freshness or originality; hackneyed
Banal describes something that is common in a boring way, to the point of being predictable.
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