Sara Morris Swetcharnik

Mount Airy

When I was in elementary school, I admired Betsy Ross and the flag that she designed. When our teacher gave us water soluble finger paint and asked us to make a picture of our flag, I hoped that I could do as well as Betsy Ross had done. After painting the blue square in the corner, I splashed white stars on it: large ones and small ones that made endless constellations both near and far. No one and no nation would be without the hope of our great flag. The teacher asked the school principal to discuss my patriotic artwork with me: he said that our country was not in an expansionist mode and that my flag would not be considered patriotism. I explained that Betsy Ross was a patriot and she had designed a new flag. The principal insisted that Betsy made the flag that she was told to make.