I have been enjoyed every moment of Presidents Day today. I dream of having a 3 day weekend every week. I am thinking of starting a petition to have Vice Presidents Day celebrated as a national holiday too!
In an effort to bring my kids some insight on the holiday I took out President Adam's Alligator and Other White House Pets by Peter and Cheryl Barnes. Cheryl is as delightful as you would expect a children's' author to be and has done a remarkable job along with her husband in writing children's stories about our country's history, civics, and special places. President Adam's Alligator is a fun filled look at the animals that were kept as pets by US Presidents. She writes
" In 1825 , a man named General Lafayette brought an alligator to live with President John Quincy Adams for awhile. The president didn't know what to do with the alligator, so he put it in a bathtub in the East Room."
Other memorable mentions:
George Washington- Hunting Dogs named Madame Moose, Sweetlips and Tipsy
John Adams - Horse named Cleopatra
Abraham Lincoln - Turkey named Jack
Thomas Jefferson - 2 Grizzly Bears
Teddy Roosevelt- Brown and White Pony named Algonquin
Woodrow Wilson - Sheep named Old Ike
Calvin Coolidge - Raccoon named Rebecca
John F. Kennedy- Dog named Pushinka
How did you celebrate President's Day?