Born out of a desire to see real life heroes have meaning in our kids’ lives and wardrobes
I saw this really awesome line of clothes that talked about featuring real life heroes and I was intrigued. What you wear does represent who you are and the Wee Rascal shirts are a great inspiration for kids who want role models who are considered real life heroes! I love to learn about great American heroes and I was also pleasantly surprised to find one with Johnny Appleseed! See, I am actually directly related to Johnny Appleseed AKA John Chapman (my maternal grandfather’s surname.) I also grew up around SE Ohio which is a area where Johnny Appleseed spent a lot of time and have learned about him since I was young. When your mom’s maiden name is Chapman and you grew up in SE Ohio, I suppose it is hard to escape the family connection.
Who was Johnny Appleseed? John “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman (1774-1845) was born in Massachusetts, but spent much of his life as a pioneer nurseryman introducing apples in many areas of the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana and Illinois. I’m not sure how he is viewed in other states, but I grew up in a small village that was affected by Johnny Appleseed’s mission to plant apple trees across our nation and, over time, he is definitely considered a hero and a bit of a legend. A folk hero, if you will. But, why-?
Why was Johnny Appleseed considered an American hero? Johnny Appleseed did several things that made him important in our culture. By the time John was in his early thirties he was developing apple orchard nurseries in many states in what is now considered the American Mid-West. As always, the legend is always off from the truth, John actually planted nurseries for profit and the apples he planted were actually used to make hard ciders. John had a unique demeanor (yes, he would often be barefoot and wore a pot for cooking on his head as he traveled) and between his informal preaching and interesting personality on top of his planting expertise in the Mid-West, his legend grew. The character of Johnny Appleseed has come to reflect the period of interest of frontier settlement during a period of expansion.
The Wee Rascals wardrobe include heroes like Abraham Lincoln, Johnny Appleseed and Davy Crockett. It’s a really cool wardrobe for kids and I love the unisex look of the raglan shirts. This is a great way to talk to kids about our American heroes and to learn more about these great leaders who have stood the test of time in our history books. All tees are available in children’s sizes 2-12! Brooke loves her tee and loved that she was related to Mr. Appleseed so the product is doubly cool for her.
Buy Local, Austinites! Oh, Did I mention this is another awesome local product for me? Always happy to introduce cool local children’s products to my readers. Yes!
Johnny Appleseed’s Swedenborgian hymn (“The Lord is good to me…”)
“Oooooh, the Lord is good to me, and so I thank the Lord, for giving me the things I need, the sun and the rain and the appleseed. The Lord is good to me. Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen.”
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