“Mommy! I have to tell you this!”
...and The Mayor told me a story…
[Complete with parenthetical asides. I wonder where he got THAT?!]
Here is what The Mayor told me...
Once upon a time there was a mean King.
[But he’s not there anymore.]
The mean King didn’t let the Pell Grahams go to the church they wanted to so ONE HUNDRED of them got on a boat with rats, mice, goats, pigs, dogs and cats.
The boat was named Mayflower.
[The cats and pigs were for scaring the rats. The rats were ESPECIALLY scared of the pigs.]
The Pell Grahams sailed way, way, way across the Indian Ocean until they came to our state.
They landed on the beach of Georgia and met the Nate of Americans.
The Nate of Americans stood at the entrance to Georgia with guns.
They had heard stories that the Pell Grahams were coming and that they were mean, but they were wrong.
They Pell Grahams were not mean so the Nate of Americans started keeping guard against the Yerro Pee Annes.
[Who were from Yerrope.]
Once the Pell Grahams landed on the beach of Georgia, they built a common house.
The winter was really cold.
All the women and kids of the Pell Grahams stayed on the boat for the winter and the men stayed in the common house.
It was hard for them to survive.
Many of them died.
[But not the kids. Only the grown ups died. No kids died.]
Then, the Nate of Americans taught the Pell Grahams to grow corn.
They showed them that if you plant a corn seed with a fish, the corn grows better.
“I know it sounds crazy,” The Mayor said, “but it’s all true!”