Sunday, May 28, 2017

Memorial Day

What is Memorial Day? The dictionary says: a day on which those who died in active military service are remembered, traditionally observed on May 30 but now officially observed on the last Monday in May.
          The young people of today learn about Memorial Day in school. For us older folks we also learnt what Memorial Day was, but we also lived through the Viet Nam war and remember those men and women, many were friends of ours who died in that war. Our Grandparents and Great Grandparents remember the War I and II and all the friends that lost their lives in those two wars.
            If you have ever been in Washington DC and had the chance to see Arlington cemetery and all those white head stones is only a brief reminder of those Men and Women who fought for our country to keep us free. To keep us as individual the right to live free and have the opportunity to free speech, the right to chose our mates, the right to vote for our officials, the right to go where we want when we want.
             For some this is just another holiday to party and shoot off fire crackers. Not because they are celebrating the real meaning of the holiday, but just to take another day off from work.
             We should all take a moment of silence and bow our heads to say thank you to all the men and women who have fought to keep us free, and to say thank you to the men and women who are still fighting in foreign lands to keep us free.
              Thank you for giving of your time. May God Bless.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Mirror Image

Have you looked into your mirror and wondered where did your youthful look go? Noticed lines around your eyes and maybe around your cheeks? Ask yourself where did those come from?
       We all age at different rates, but sometimes when we are looking into the mirror if a woman you don't notice those lines beginning until you really look deep into that mirror and are astonished at how those little things creeped up on you. If you are a man you may not even notice those lines called wrinkles. But you will notice that gray hair suddenly creeped in.
        Yes we all age differently, but certain things effect how we age. Our genetics, our jobs, children, and oh yes our spouses. How serious we are will all the daily situations that arise in our lives.
        They say laughter is the best medicine in the world for all the troubles we face from day to day. When was the last time you laughed? I mean really laughed until tears rolled down your cheeks. I bet most of you can't remember when that was.
        We all, and I'm just as guilty, find very little to laugh at in todays world. Watching an old comedy movie in black and white I find to be the best medicine when I'm feeling really down in the dumps, but they are hard to find on todays televisions and watching sometimes the comedy channel, the comics aren't that funny. A small chuckle is all I can get out.
        Yes in todays world there is little to laugh about I'm sorry to say. Have you found even smiling at no reason at all seems to have become a lost art. Try smiling at yourself in the mirror when you get up in the morning and before you go to bed at night. I started doing this several years ago and fine that my days seem to go better and I don't get upset over the little things like I use to. Try it.
         Think of the mirror as being your friend not your enemy.
         Have a great week and May God Bless.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

"Mothers Day"

       What does Mothers Day mean to you, what great memories do you have of your mother on this special day, have you told your Mother you love her today? How often do you pick up the phone to call her to tell her you care?
       Happy Mothers Day to all of the Mothers out there. I hope you have fond memories to share with your children and hope you have many more years to make more memories with your children.
       I've often wondered what my mother would have been like when I was growing up for you see I really never knew her. She passed away when I was six months old and I have no memories of her only what others told me about her. My father became my mother and father who with his loving hand raised me until I was eight years old. I was very fortunate to be able to live with other people as a live in to help with housework, do dishes and scrub floors for my keep. Then in the summertime I would spend with my father. My father wasn't to happy with my arrangements with others but this gave me a chance to travel, meet different types of people and learn from others.
       By the time I was fifteen I had my own apartment and finished high school by the time I was sixteen. This moved me to New York into nursing school which I proudly graduated at the age of nineteen. My travels from New York lead me to Southern Illinois University for one year of art. Back to Florida after that for the summer with my father and then back to New York to go through Police training.
         Not sure what I wanted to do with my life, I ended up in North Carolina Married! I had two beautiful daughters and with them I tried to instill in them the values of life. To be self sufficient and rely upon their skills to make their lives the best they could and for them to pass on those skills to their children.
          I have fond memories of my children as they grew into women and married with children of their own. There will be good memories that I'm sure they will remember on Mothers Days, and I hope they will treasure those memories for a lifetime like I have with the memories I have of my Father, my children, and the many people I've lived with as I grew up.
           Happy Mothers Day to all and May God Bless.