This Day (We Can Work It Out Edition)

Published:July 8, 2011 by Brendan Wolfe

On this day in 1775, the Continental Congress sent George III what became known as the Olive Branch Petition. By this point, the domestic squabble some were calling a revolution had been raging for a couple of months, with terrible things being said—on both sides—and, what with all the commotion, the neighbors were beginning to arch their eyebrows. This was the point in any fight we’re all familiar with, that moment’s pause in the action where you can be the bigger person and apologize or you can just cross your arms and dig in.

The Congress, to their credit, decided to step up. “We beg leave further to assure your Majesty,” they wrote, “that notwithstanding the sufferings of your loyal Colonists during the course of this present controversy, our breasts retain too tender a regard for the kingdom from which we derive our origin, to request such a reconciliation as might, in any manner, be inconsistent with her dignity or her welfare.”

In other words, “C’mon, baby. We can work this out.”

But for George, there was no going back. Too much had happened. Quite honestly, he probably needed a good therapist, but at this point he won’t listen to any kind of reason, let alone even acknowledge your Olive Branch. So who can blame you if you feel like your only remaining choice is D-I-V-O-R-C-E?

IMAGE: The Olive Branch Petition