“Even Lady Liberty Wore Sleeves” by Jayne Bonilla

July 1, 2015 at 10:37 am 1 comment

Statue of Liberty-Face-Close-Up-NYC-Liberty Island

Since 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American Independence. So this year, on July 4, 2015, we can sing Happy 239th Birthday (Birth of Independence) to our country. And how great we look at this ripe old age. While many will acknowledge that over these past 239 years our country has endured its share of wrinkles and creases, labor-intensive age spots, receding hair lines and graying temples, these are undoubtedly reflective of centuries of overcoming adversities that come with declaring independence.

Hail to “Everybody’s Gal” Lady Liberty! She remains a breathtaking, invigorating and ageless woman who has seen it all. The “Giant Goddess,” a woman who has weathered the most storms (including Hurricane Sandy,) The Lady of the Harbor, who has had the greatest view through her own eyes. Our “Mother of Freedom,” whose 12’ right arm (wearing sleeves, no doubt) has never tired while holding her torch to lighten the way and enlighten others. “The Green Goddess” whose left arm never tires as she tightly embraces the tablet (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. “The Lady Higher Up” is iconic of freedom and of the United States, and was a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad.

What’s in a Name? Since we feel like we know our “Grande Dame” personally, people affectionately refer to her using many a nickname including: America’s Great Lady, Aunt Liberty, Bartholdi’s Daughter, Lady on a Pedestal, Lady with a Torch, Mother of Exiles, Saint Liberty, and the Spirit of American Independence. “The Statue of Liberty,” is, in fact, a nickname. Bartholdi’s name for his gift was “Liberty Enlightening the World.”

CHARLOTTE BEYSSER BARTHOLDI-Statue of Liberty Face-Model

Best Mother’s Day Gift Ever…Frederic Bartholdi has trumped any Mother’s Day gift you could ever come up with: He used his mother, Charlotte, as the model for the most recognized statue in the world. This was first discovered in 1876, when Bartholdi invited French Senator Jules Bozerian to his box at the opera. When Bozerian pulled back the curtain to step into the box, he was shocked to find a real-life version of the Statue of Liberty sitting there in the box. When he said so to Bartholdi, the sculptor smiled: “But do you know who this lady is? She’s my mother,” he told the senator!

What a Hot Dog! While approximately 158 million hot dogs will be consumed on our Nation’s Birthday, enough to stretch from D.C. to L.A. more than five times, one ambitious person will try to break the record and eat more than 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes during The Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.

Bald Eagle Photo

Who Knew? Bald is Beautiful! Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national animal but was outvoted when John Adams and Thomas Jefferson chose the bald eagle. The first 4th of July party held at the White House was in 1801 while The 4th of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941. John Hancock was the only person to actually sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. His signature was the largest of all the 56 signatures. The other 55 signers did not sign until August 2nd or even later. The youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence was 26-year-old Edward Rutledge. The oldest signer was Benjamin Franklin. He was 70. Most of the signers were in their 30s and 40s.

Nelson Mandela - Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.Red, White and Blue? So as you celebrate the 4th of July with family and friends, wave your flags proudly, march to the beat of your own drum while the parade marches by, wear your patriotic colors, and indulge in the festivities all around you! Red, White and avoid the Blues… remember to be prudent, safe, and sound. Wear sunscreen, use caution during fireworks displays and never imbibe and drive. This holiday is about celebrating freedom, which came at a gigantic cost to our forefathers and mothers. And let us show gratitude to our troops and their families who protect our freedom everyday with their lives. That is the true meaning of this holiday. I will toast to our troops, and drink from the cup of LiberTea!

 Jayne Bonilla, the Blogger for Arm Candy, is a Passionate Mom, Freelance Writer, Motivational Speaker, and the Brand Ambassador for Sleeves 2 Go. You can reach Jayne at: jayne@sleeves2go.com 

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Can’t Bare it Anymore? A ‘Cover’ Story Told By Jayne Bonilla “Even Lady Liberty Wore Sleeves” by Jayne Bonilla

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  • 1. jaynebonilla  |  July 4, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Reblogged this on Jayne Bonilla's Blog and commented:

    “The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.”
    Denis Waitley

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