Found Fathers

Why is it that all images of our founding fathers depict men without humor? They don’t look like they lost their best friends. They look like men who never, ever had friends. A bunch of grumps. No grins.

I understand capturing these manic guys on canvas must have been a challenge, what with George Washington misplacing and then losing Manhattan, Ben Franklin wooing anyone French, and Tom Jefferson jealously seething about Alexander Hamilton.

However, smiling was NOT outlawed in the colonies. Maybe if smiling had been outlawed, we’d have seen a few from these nah-nah-na-nah-na guys who found the time to create a government and waggle the end product at the King across the sea.

Some part of this must have been FUN. It must have been. It should have been. Was it?

About Mrs. Fitz

Hello! I'm Michele Fitzpatrick, a Chicago writer. Like our town, a work in progress. As a journalist, teacher and writing coach I think all of us live our stories and sharing them creates moments that remind us we're connected. And that is enough.
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