Happy President’s Day/ Washington’s Birthday. According to Wikipedia the designation “President’s Day” is more of an advertising thing that started in the 80s. Washington’s Birthday is Feb. 22, but this day at least started as a commemoration of his birthday.
I’ve always respected Washington and admired what he did, but his Presidency never had quite the emotional appeal to me as some others. I think it’s because his time in history seems so far removed as to be an abstraction for me — moreso than even, say, Lincoln. Maybe it’s the imagery with the powdered wigs and whatnot.
Be that as it may, Frank Herbert wrote in “Dune” that “A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct.” With Washington we are fortunate that he was mindful of the balances and, while I’m sure we could quibble with this or that, he did a fine job of it.