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Thank You Veterans!


Yesterday was fun and games, but as my son and I entered one of the shops there was a veteran collecting for the VFW.  I put a dollar in his collection tin and he said ‘Thank you’.  “No,” I said, “Thank YOU for serving”.  

I took the beautiful poppy he handed to me and walked freely into that store to record the silly video pieces I have the freedom to distribute onto the internet.

I really am so very grateful to those who have, and to those who continue to serve their country. 

One of my favorite movies, well – it’s a mini-series actually, is ‘Band of Brothers’. I’ve watched it SO many times.  I never fail to tear up when the actual men are recounting parts of their story.  One of my favorite lines, and I’ll end it with this, is:

I treasure my remark to my grandson who asked, “Grandpa, were you a hero in the war?” Grandpa said, “No… but I served in a company of heroes”.

The shut up Buddha

My desk Buddha – he reminds me to shut up.  Or put more sweetly, to think before I speak, because I have a habit of saying what’s on my mind, out loud, a lot. 

I thought he’d help. 

Now I look at him from home, he looks like he could also be reminding me to stuff my face with fun food too! I don’t talk with my mouth full, so I suppose either way, both should help with keeping my trap shut. 

Did a lot of speaking today – mainly to my boss about how important it is that we observe Veterans Day by closing Monday.  I’m not going to lie, I really just wanted a three-day weekend.

Wait! Before I come off like a thoughtless, shallow, ingrate – let me just say, I am grateful every day to those who serve. 

I tell every Veteran I do a loan for ‘thank you’ and then grill them about their experiences etc. Nothing better than hearing someones story first hand. 

I’m also thankful all year and not just on Thanksgiving.  (Don’t get me started on Thanksgiving though – that’s one holiday I wouldn’t mind working on.  Celebrating taking someone’s land and spreading disease. YAY!)

Well, all my campaigning failed as I was told ‘See you Monday!’ as my boss left.  Although, I know he’s only coming in for a couple of hours. Nice. LOL!

And because it’s Friday here’s another picture for you taken on the way home. I stopped on the parkway to take this and was almost struck by at least 3 speeding cars! (no lie)  But you’re worth it.  You’re welcome. 😉

 I didn’t alter this at all.  It was a gorgeous black and white shot just waiting to be captured.