Today we celebrate George Washington’s birthday. We have all heard the story about George and the cherry tree, but did you know this is actually a myth?
When George was six years old he received a hatchet as a gift and damaged his father’s cherry tree. His dad was angry when he discovered what George had done and asked him about it. George bravely said, “I cannot tell a lie…I did cut it with my hatchet.” George’s father rejoiced that his son’s honesty was worth more than a thousand trees.1