Brodie delves into history nuggets and finds a bird

James Madison…#4…Fourth President of the United States…one of the 8 presidents born in the great state of Virginia…one of the founding fathers…known as the “father of the constitution”…the one responsible for drafting the first 10 amendments to the Bill of Rights…the shortest president at 5′ 4”…there’s more…

My golden digs also uncovered that his wife, Dolley Madison was a very popular and fashionable first lady…she threw great parties..enjoyed wearing a turban..she was the first lady who abandoned the White House with a few precious belongings…fleeing the British soldiers who would set fire to the “People’s House” during the War of 1812…yeah…she left her house open…her food on the dinner table and the invading forces gobbled it up…then burnt and trashed the nation’s capitol…the nerve…

While the Madison’s did not have a dog…they had a  green parrot that they adored.  Dolley’s quick exit from DC had her clutching the birds cage…the cage that contained her precious talking pet who…by the way… out lived both her and #4.  What a sturdy bird!

Brodie thanks Dolley Madison for saving George

It’s time for giving thanks…using a grateful heart…remembering the good…continuing to seek the kindhearted deeds.

So, I’m wanting to reach back into the rich history of our great American struggle and thank Dolley Madison, First Lady to our 4th President of the United States, James Madison.

During the War of 1812, the British invaded Washington DC and set fire to the White House and the Capitol.  President Madison knew of this planned assault, leaving post-haste, to lead his troops…leaving Dolley to evacuate to safety.  She refused to leave without the bold and standing portrait of George Washington, painted by Gilbert Stuart.  She had the frame busted and broken in order to free the treasured piece of art, rolled the canvas up and at last fled for safety.  Word has it that she left in such haste, that her dinner was still on the dining room table…the British rolled in… ate her food and then burnt down the house.

A heart-felt thanks to Mrs. Madison for preserving this masterpiece for us all.  Go visit this Lansdowne painting that hangs majestically in the National Portrait Galley in Washington, DC.  Be sure to give a golden thank you to Dolley while giving thanks that Great Britain and the United States are true allies and good friends.