This Friday, May 5th, I shall lament the French loss of a minor battle
to Mexicans on May 5, 1862, after Napoleon III chose to seize land
in exchange for an unpaid debt.
Nappie`s cousin, Austrian Archduke Maximilian,
led French troops in a failed effort to take control of Mexico City. While Max ultimately did gain control of Mexico, it was for a short time, and then Mexico reverted to, well, Mexico
As a descendant of the Norman
[i.e., Norsemen] French from whom my surname
springs, I will mark May 5 by patronizing a local French restaurant, raising a toast to Max & company, sipping a fine French wine, with a la carte brie
on a fresh baguette. I shall ponder what might have been had my French famille
maintained control of Mejico. Champagne, cognac, café au lait, croissant, fromage, amour, philosophie.
Join me in marking a new American tradition: Cinquieme de Mai, Max Day!