Sweet land of ‘liverty’ and other mess-ups

What does the Statue of Liberty stand for?  It can’t sit down.

What did one flag say to the other flag? Nothing. It just waved.

What would you get if you crossed George Washington with cattle feed?  The Fodder of Our Country!


Enough with the silly jokes; now on to some more borrowed stuff – patriotic quotes:

True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what’s right.

True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.

During the Revolutionary war, a Lieutenant asked a soldier why he was falling back during a really fierce battle. “Didn’t you hear me say that we’re outnumbered 4 to 1?”

The soldier replied, “I got my four Sir.”


As Independence Day appears, my thoughts race to gratefulness; I’m grateful for the brave people who have sacrificed much to allow ME to benefit from living in a free nation. Too often we tend to take this for granted because it has been ours for so long.

Recently, my thoughts settled on the many wonderful joys that are mine for which I never earned all on my own.  I live on land my great-grandfather homesteaded. I live in a house paid for by my husband. I eat food I didn’t plant and grow.  My sin debts are paid by the blood of my Savior.

Deut. 6: 10-12 echoes this:  And it shall be, when the Lord thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not,  And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full; Then beware lest thou forget the Lord, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

I’m thankful for schools, teachers, and parents who still remind children of these blessings, although their efforts get a bit confused by young minds:

The fun doesn’t end with canned jokes and quotes; some teachers and parents shared some of their funny collections.

The true humor always trumps the canned kind.

Ann Ables Sisco reports her students’ confusions:  “Sweet land of Lipton tea,” “with liverty and junk tits for all,” “New nighted Steaks”, “God shed His grapes on these”


Another shared: When we were growing up, my friend Katie used to think the Star Spangled Banner sang “And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Babe Ruth through the night, and our flag was still there.”

Jan Price said, “I taught my elementary students to sing God Bless America. Because they were too young to read the words, they learned the song by rote. As we sang for the DAR ladies I realized- much to my chagrin- that they were singing the wrong lyrics. They were bellowing, “God bless America! Land that love! Stand beside her and guide her, Through the night with a light from a bulb!!

My friend Lori reported, “Last year, Bryce asked, “Momma, is Jose Can You Can You See a Jesus song?”

Remember to be thankful for freedom and humor. Nothing is ever wasted when it is committed to God, not even mix-ups, pain or suffering, especially when shared with a writer.

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