Wishing you a happy Fourth of July, with coleslaw and fireworks and spirited renditions of all the great patriotic songs.
I've been teaching the girlie the true and correct version of "America The Beautiful":
O beautiful, for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above thy fruited plain!
God shed her grace on thee
And crown thy good with sisterhood
From sea to shining sea!
After all, its words were written by Katharine Lee Bates, an 1880 graduate of Wellesley, and later head of Wellesley's English Department. Wellesley, as you may know, was and remains a women's college - and Bates had a long relationship with another Katharine. In my humble opinion, Bates undoubtedly would have used "sisterhood", had it been politically correct a century ago. In any case, it's the way the song is sung on the campus, and it's the version my girlie needs to know.