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Happy 4th of July!!! — Yes, I’m a bit early!

Today my family will be celebrating the 4th of July!  Yes, we are 8 days early, but there is a method to the madness!

We are at an overseas, joint service base and we have protestors.  They post these funny signs asking for independence from the United States and the fly our American flag upside down.  It’s very hurtful to see.  Even my children say how rude it is.  My oldest (8 years old) said that they should be arrested from protesting!  We had a long talk about freedom of speech and how protest can be a good thing!  The sad part is that I don’t even think these protestors know what they are protesting.  The base and the protestors have been here the same amount of time!  I’m all for protesting if you have a good, valid reason!  So, since they will be protesting July 4 — we celebrate early!

Now here we are, all dressed in our red, white and blue outfits (Thanks to Mom for purchasing and mailing them early!) and ready to head out to celebrate!  It will be a day of good food, good fun, and good friends!!!


Military Family in a Civilian Town

Most of the time, our family, lives in a military town. And while my husband is in the Army, we have lived on a Naval base and our next duty station will be near an Air Force base. It is not uncommon for my husband’s military job to take him to unit’s that work in a joint military fashion. But this is the first time, since our marriage, that I’ve been living outside of a military community.

One thing that I have noticed is that, even though no one talks against the military itself, the war seems farther away here. In military towns you have the constant reminder that someone’s loved one is deployed. The local news has daily segments on the military “heroes” among us (Personally, my husband hates being called a hero. He says, he’s just doing his job.) and there are signs welcoming home a soldier almost on every block.   Another thing that I’ve observed is that more flags seem to be flown in military communities then those communities that are farther removed from our way of life.  It makes me wonder why the flag is not flown by more of us just to say, “Yes I’m an American and darn proud to be”! 

I also get, what I call, is the “pity look” when I tell someone that my husband is in the Army.  It’s like, “Oh, you poor thing”.  Then I am always asked, “Has he ‘had’ to go to Iraq?”  The look and the question always make me chuckle inside.  I don’t pity myself.  I am very proud of my husband and his chosen career.  And if he did go to Iraq (most soldiers have) it was because it’s his job.  I guess I’m just amazed how differently people view me and my husband in the civilian world. 

There are also the observations of my oldest daughter.  She’s seven and in a new school for the first time since starting elementary school.  I was very excited about her attending this school, because she is attending my elementary school.  The school that I LOVED!!!!  The school that molded me in my early education years.  The school that still has teachers that I had there and where we know the secretaries because the are neighbors.  I expected her to love this school as much as I did, but she doesn’t.  As a matter of fact, I hear almost daily how she wants to go back to her old school.  When I ask why, she’s told me that the school has lots of mean and bullying kids.  That they have no fun in class, it’s all work (she’s in the first grade, there should be some fun).  My daughter is a very social gal and they are not letting her in.  This is frustrating to her and heartbreaking to me!  I think most of this stems from this area not being as transient as military towns.  For some reason, they don’t know how to let a stranger in.  When I went to school there, I remember two ‘new’ kids in the five years I was at that school.  I believe it’s just a learning curve that will not be met with the lack of moving around in the area. 

Overall, we are trying to take all of these changes as learning experiences.  I try to have educated conversations with the folks that I meet that my husband’s job isn’t as bad as they imagine and that I do fine when my husband is gone, just as they would be/are fine when their spouse goes on a business trip.  As for my kids, it’s a good lesson that not everyone is kind and that sometimes, it’s harder to make friends then we thought.  Hopefully this will lead to them being better people and be more accepting of others in whatever situation they meet.

Let’s Fly the US Flag Every Day, Not Just on 9/11!!!!

I’ve recently been getting those e-mail chain letters asking me to fly the flag on 9/11 and to pass the e-mail along.  Why is it that they only want us to fly the flag on 9/11?  As Americans shouldn’t we be proud to fly our flag daily?  Don’t get me wrong, I want everyone to fly the flag on 9/11, I just think that we should fly our flags all the time.

When my husband and I moved from Alaska back to the lower 48, we drove through Canada.  All across Canada they had their Canadian flags flying.  Talking with friends that are stationed in other countries, they tell me the same thing.  That other countries fly their nation’s flag all the time as well.  Also, you can see all over the United States people who hail from other countries.  How do I know?  Just look at their cars or their homes.  They have flags from their homeland displayed. 

Why is then that in the United States that we reserve our flag for “special” times.  The flag seems to be flown for Memorial Day, Independence Day, 9/11 and Veteran’s Day.  The only exception I see is in military communities where most families fly their flags daily.

So let’s start a new trend!  Fly the American Flag daily!  Fly it high and fly it proud.  Put an American Flag sticker on your car, wear jewelry with the flag, put it on your mail, on your kid’s backpacks and any where you can display it proudly — and with good taste!