Embrace Your Past, Empower the Present, Enrich Your Future
The rhythmic character of the verses in this book is designed to add flair and flavor to what is sometimes regarded as dull reading. History by its very nature is extremely poignant. From the heartrending words of Richard Lovelace to the agonizing aftermath of war, the past is linked to the present.
The scene begins with the seventeenth century, a time absorbed in thoughts of death, physical love, and religious devotion. The woman’s role adheres to silence in the public arena and provides unstinting obedience to father and husband. Emotions unwind and remain somewhat unsettled as the journey through time spans five centuries.
American classics find their roots deeply grounded in the migration to the New World. Early folk games in England display characteristics of modern day baseball, hotdogs have German origins, and apple pie boasts of English and Dutch kitchens.
Nothing says America
Like baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie
Know how it all got started?
Ever taken time to research why?
Stool-ball, trap-ball, and baseball
All have a place in history books
From the 1700s onward
The balls rarely changed their looks
Colonial children loved trap-ball games
Excitement abounded without a doubt
A quick flip of the trap and a swift swing
Left hopes no one catches the ball for an out
Folk games, leisure times of the past
Led to baseball as we know it today
The claim of ‘Father of Baseball’
Names Alexander Cartwright its mainstay
Hotdogs started as a sausage in a roll
With Coney Island’s claim to fame
Concessions and easy access from vendors
Made this ‘dog’ vital to the game
Many questions remain unanswered
About the launching of this ‘hot dog’ treat
Some say it was based on a cartoon
Others rumor origins from dog meat
Binding attachments found in life
Mac ’n’ cheese, campfires, picnics, Fourth of July
Boast connections to the hotdog
None as tantalizing as fresh apple pie
Life, hot dogs, and baseball
Hot apple pie topped with ice cream
Ah-h-h-h! Those American classics
Sad day had their visions not been seen!