lord was it hot as the dickens yesterday…this idea of snow birding isn’t all its cracked up to be..hot is hot no matter where you are..yet most snow birders have the mentality that coming up north is the answer to getting away from the insufferable heat in the summer months in florida..well here i am guilty of the same thing only to find out that unless you have central air-conditioning you may as well give up that idea and head up even further north..lets say siberia possibly..ugh..
anyway i felt bad because i did want to go to at least one of the many parades honoring all the brave veterans that fought to keep this country safe and free..in fact i feel guilty enough that i didn’t serve in any of the armed forces during the days of viet nam..being a female and living in a very strict italian household there was no way that my parents were going to let me venture out on my own..they had that old fashioned ideals that a woman was supposed to stay home and have a husband do all the dirty work to provide for his family and country.
RED..to never forget all the blood shed to protect our country:
now that I’m older i see things a bit differently..yes i would have loved to have gone off at that time and do the so called right thing..but now as i get older i get a little bit more fearful of my own mortality..only the young feel indestructible..not that its wrong to feel brave and want to have visions of standing up and protecting our country but theres also that feeling of not wanting our offspring to go out and get blown up and maimed somewhere far off where we aren’t able to hold them and kiss the boo boo like we did when they were little….maybe our parents of the WW2 generation made us softer because they already suffered first hand what horrors a war would inflict on us..its not so glamorous and gallant like they make it look in the movies..although todays movies are depicting the atrocities a little more accurately than ever before..
ORANGE ..the anger that we need to keep in check:
in my rolling readers program (in florida) that i volunteer for theres this one little fellow in my first grade class that is so dear to my heart…all he talks about is growing up and joining the army..it frightens me to think of this little six year old, red haired, freckled young face someday storming out with rifle in hand only to possibly come back either broken or in a body bag..is it so wrong to want to discourage him from serving our country..am i being so selfish to want to protect this little fellow because him and all those other little faces in the class remind me that one day my own little grandkids may possibly have to go off to a war too.
YELLOW..to try to see how bright our future could be if only we could stop fighting:
how come it seems as if every generation has some sort of major or minor war brewing up ..how many lives need to be lost before the world opens up their eyes and hearts to see that the only thing a war brings is pain and sorrow to the loved ones left behind..last night i started watching the mini series of the Hatfields and McCoys..here is a perfect example of how destructive any war no matter how small or large the scale it all boils down to the stupidity it takes even over one small pig to make for years and years of pain, sorrow and misery..are humans that dense?..what will it take to end the nonsense?
GREEN..for the land we all love so much and fight to keep safe:
today i don’t have any photos of parades..soldiers ..flags ..or politicians that marched so proudly along the streets of our country..i pray silently in my heart for all the little ones that no matter how much pain and sorrow we may have to endure in the future of our country …will continue to forge ahead and fight for our freedom at the whims of egotistical maniacs that are running the countries ( and not just ours)..it all boils down to a pissing match between grown men (and women)that have no hearts …we know as a nation that there are many sociopaths that kill without remorse..its no different from any government officials that places lives of the young in harms way without any regard of the pain caused by the families that are left behind..
BLUE..for all the tears shed ..sorrow caused by unnecessary war
i don’t want to get all political..its not about that..its about my heart that breaks or any mother or father that has a child ..isn’t it normal to want to keep them safe..isn’t it normal to want to teach them to never hurt another child..how is it then that it all changes as they grow up..how does the hate and greed begin to seep in..?
PURPLE…for all the purple hearts and funerals of our brave men and women
todays photos show flowers..symbolizing the flowers placed on the graves of our soldiers..flowers given to the ones that return from our present battles..flowers that are placed at the funerals of the young lives lost ..to the brave families that carry the burden of their loss for our freedom at the expense of their chid..husband..wife..sister or brother..i have placed one photo for each color of the rainbow..because our planet is like a rainbow..where it takes all these different colors to make it so perfect.. this world needs people of all different colors..nations of all cultures.. in order to make something so beautiful..how often do we get to look up in the sky and see a breathtaking rainbow ..to be utterly astounded by its beauty..alas it just like humans.. it is a fleeting moment of that glorious splash of harmonious color..like peace it seems to be that within a moment it is gone.. then the lightning and thunder roll in and the storms (like wars )begin all over again…
for peace.. for in blending all those colors we could have purity if only we could all see how staying together could avoid all the sadness