Okay, I am going to be honest…I started this post a few days before Memorial Day and the title read “Happy Memorial Day!” I don’t know if you read my page about how long things take me but I really, truly was not kidding. My mom always says “A day late and a dollar short”. I am usually a month late and way more than a dollar short! Fortunately for me the 4th of July is not far behind Memorial Daly so I thought I would just revise a bit.
Anyway, I didn’t want to miss the designated opportunity to honor the men and woman that have served or are serving our country and their families. I so appreciate their services and my freedom because of it. In our home, it is a honor that when we see a person that is serving our country, that one or all of us, is determined to thank that person. I don’t think that Americans should only thank and honor the courageous people that have earned and protected our freedom on Memorial Day or the 4th but I do believe that each day is a good reminder of our luxuries, privileges and rights we have because of the people that have sacrificed their time, income, health, family and lives. Thank you!
We, like most, went to a barbeque, ate great smoked pork roast, deviled eggs, and Jell-O dessert on Memorial Day. Like stepping back into the 1950’s… For the 4th we basically have the same thing planned with family from all over this great nation. In order to properly celebrate either holiday I think our colors need to be flying. However, the day before Memorial Day, we had a little adventure with our flag that I wanted to share.
I have always wanted a flag outside my home (bucket list), in fact over 10 years ago when we were looking at the house it was one of the big things that aided in the decision to buy the house. I realize that it is not that difficult to pour a concrete slab and put up the post but just driving up to the property with the red, white, and blue flying, gives me chills and a smile. I’m embarrassed to say but our flag has been a hot mess for at least a month. It was time to change it, as it was tattered and torn a bit but about a week ago it had gotten caught on the top of the pole. We have a light on our flag so it is a permanent fixture that we don’t remove every evening. I had attempted to remove the rope so that I could bring it down and replace it, but I just didn’t have the strength. That rope is crazy hard and usually my husband must take care of it. Jason has been super busy and not home much so it was getting put on the back burner. On Saturday, the kids and I (well mostly the kids and I was supervising) were doing yard work and my 16-year-old son, Hays said, “I can’t handle this! We need to fix the flag”. So, he got the rope undone but Old Glory was caught on the top of the pole and she was not going down without a fight, you go girl! We couldn’t find a ladder tall enough to reach the top of the pole so within a few minutes, Hays was on the roof of our home and he was going to jump to the pole from the roof! Really?! This was remarkable! You have got to know my son. He is not impulsive. He is not crazy and he has a lot of common sense but for some reason he thought he needed to try and jump ten feet to a six-inch diameter pole. What the??? With much discussion, from his sister and I, he changed his mind. We parked his truck next to the pole and he decided to scale it. This was super cool and I was impressed with his dedication to get our flag down and replace her. He had to scale the pole five or six times and he usually had a hand saw or scissors in his mouth. I was hesitant to post this video because to get our flag down required some cutting/ripping of the flag and I really felt like we were being disrespectful and it made my stomach sick a bit. In the end, I decided to share. Truthfully, this video insert is about a 16-year old’s initiative and dedication to have the symbol of this great nation displayed appropriately, with the respect that it deserves. I am not comparing it to the service of the members of our armed services but it was a great reminder of the persistence, dedication and ingenuity that our American warriors must have, to protect this amazing country.
PLEASE excuse the commentary (especially mine). We were a little excited. My daughter, Leah took the video (she kind of sounds like me) and the little boy is my son Lincoln. I love, love, love the blue sky and clouds in the back drop. Typical Colorado. You will see he doesn’t get the flag down in this video but I wanted to spare you anymore commentary and the destruction of our flag. Yuck!
It took another few weeks to buy a new flag and rope and get that beautiful girl back up there. Since we had to cut the rope Hays was going to climb again but Jason helped with a ladder. He also added a new topper, which is awesome. It is a light that shines down on her that is solar and turns on when dark out. It was a bit of a task to get those colors back up but boy is she worth it.
Happy 4th of July! I hope you all have an amazing day with friends and family celebrating our freedom!
Just in case you didn't get enough of our new flag.