I’m old enough to remember TWO holidays in February. Lincoln’s Birthday, February 12, and Washington’s Birthday, February 22. Back when I was in elementary school, it meant two activities where we would trace the profile of Abraham Lincoln, with the hawk nose, pompadour hair and beard, on black colored paper and another one with George Washington’s profile, with the sloped forehead and braid at the back of his head. In between, we’d cut out red paper hearts for Valentine’s Day.
In 1971, they changed it all. Conglomerated both Lincoln and Washington’s birthdays into a single holiday called President’s Day. Gradually, through the years, this holiday has become less about two of our greatest presidents, and more about sales and a three-day weekend. Maybe I’m old fashioned, but I miss the stories we told of Washington at Valley Forge, the reports we did on Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, and yes, even the cherry tree cutting, or how a little girl wrote a letter to Lincoln that changed history.
Hon A B Lincoln…
My father has just home from the fair and brought home your picture and Mr. Hamlin’s. I am a little girl only 11 years old, but want you should be President of the United States very much so I hope you wont think me very bold to write to such a great man as you are. Have you any little girls about as large as I am if so give them my love and tell her to write to me if you cannot answer this letter. I have got 4 brother’s and part of them will vote for you any way and if you let your whiskers grow I will try and get the rest of them to vote for you you would look a great deal better for your face is so thin. All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husband’s to vote for you and then you would be President. My father is going to vote for you and if I was a man I would vote for you to but I will try to get every one to vote for you that I can I think that rail fence around your picture makes it look very pretty I have got a little baby sister she is nine weeks old and is just as cunning as can be. When you direct your letter direct to Grace Bedell Westfield Chatauque County New York
I must not write any more answer this letter right off Good bye
Lincoln apparently wrote back to her. Click here to find out how he responded.
For a more up-to-date transformation, check out this Article of an insurance salesman transforming into a cover model.
So, now that we’ve digressed. Which is it, ladies? Beard or no beard? And would you vote for a man on the basis of his beard?
My work in progress is a romantic suspense about a single mother who has to hide her baby from her crazy ex. She turns to her childhood best buddy and asks him to claim the baby as his own while she is being hunted by the baby’s father who wants to kill the baby. Both men are bearded and it takes place in the backwoods of Idaho in the dead of winter. It will be available in one of the new Author’s Billboard Boxed Sets!
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Enjoy Your President’s Day! Let’s honor the Office of the President and the leadership and commitment it represents, whether bearded or not! List of Presidents with facial hair.
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Rachelle Ayala is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Her foremost goal is to take readers on a shared emotional journey with her characters as they grow and become more true to themselves. Rachelle believes in the power of love to overcome obstacles and feels that everyone should find love as often as possible, especially if it’s within the pages of a book.
Her book, Knowing Vera, won the 2015 Angie Ovation Award, A Father for Christmas garnered a 2015 Readers’ Favorite Gold Award, Christmas Stray received a 2016 Readers’ Favorite Gold Award, and Playing for the Save got the 2017 Readers’ Favorite Gold Award in Realistic Fiction.
She is also a writing teacher and founder of the Romance In A Month writing community. She lives in California with her husband and has three children and two birds.