A boy. A Hatchet. A Tree.

A boy. A Hatchet. A Tree.

šŸ‘¦šŸ» A boy,
šŸŖ“ a hatchet,
šŸŒ³ and a tree.

Gifted a hatchet on his 6th birthday, a young boy named George was playing in the family garden.

He went about chopping everything in his path.

Soon George came upon a beautiful English cherry tree, of which his father was most proud.

Testing the sharpness of his hatchet he delivered a blow that cut deep into the trunk of the tree.

Upon discovery of the dying tree, George's father confronted him.

"George, do you know what happened to my beloved cherry tree?"

"I cannot tell a lie, father. I did cut the tree with my hatchet."

Little George's father embraced him saying that his son's honesty was worth more than a thousand trees.

And the rest is....history.

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Little George is, of course, George Washington.

And the story? Well, it's not true.

The famous story about truth-telling was in fact made up by one of Washington's first biographers.

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Do not underestimate the power and longevity of a good story.

šŸ‘¦šŸ»šŸŖ“šŸŒ³ Jeff