1741 - 1802
An Extraordinary First, First Ladyby Rit Nosotro First Published:: 2003
Normally any woman would like to be first lady, but there was one woman who was different. She felt like a slave being the first lady since she had to be well mannered. Martha Washington was the first first lady of the U.S.A. During her child hood years she lived happily on a farm with her family. She married the future first president George Washington, who she met in January of 1759.
On a farm where they planted tobacco lived this beautiful girl who they called Patsy, although her real name was Martha. Accompanied by her family, during her childhood years she happily lived on her farm. Since she was the daughter of a prosperous planter, she lived relatively well. Frequently when Patsy had time she escaped to ride horses, and that is how she began to love horses. Patsy had an excellent childhood. She loved living on the farm because she was free and happy.
Meeting George Washington was an extraordinary thing that happened to Martha during the year of 1758 because she lost her husband. Martha married George when she was 17 on January 6, 1758. When she met George Washington he was not yet the president of the U.S.A. During the revolution of the colonies they shared the rigors of camp life and she truly loved him when the hard winter arrived. Probably they met at a neighbor's home. Meeting George was life changing.
When George Washington became the president, Martha became the first lady of the U.S.A. being the first lady, she felt like a prisoner because she had to behave herself like a fancy woman although she was quite simple. Properly she managed the white House with dignity. Martha Washington who was plain was confused as a maid, since she dressed very modestly. In 1799 George Washington died.
Martha Washington was a faithful woman. When she was a child she loved life. While she was the first lady, she served her country, although she felt like a slave. For her meeting George Washington was a great adventure, the best thing that happened in her life. We will remember Martha Washington for being the first extraordinary lady.