Little-known fact: I am related to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Well, OK, by marriage. Tom's father carried the name and the family connection -- he was Morris Longfellow Harness. When I was pregnant, Tom's mom was absolutely set on us naming a boy Longfellow. Fortunately, I had girls.*
In honor of the girls' heritage, the Fourth of July, and the 150th anniversary of Paul Revere's Ride, check this out. Make sure you look at this -- the missing six lines of the poem. It's fascinating to see how a classic poem evolved.
Enjoy the holiday and be careful with those fireworks!
*Oh, puh-leeze. Like you can't see potential problems with that name?