Sunday, May 22, 2016

Off the top of my head ...

Entrance to son's place


Dang it, folks ... I'm pissed angry.
Angry, and sad.

Some of you may have heard about the ambush that took the life of a Phoenix police officer Wednesday afternoon, not far from my workplace.  35 years old ... he was a decade younger than my own son.

Unfortunately, these sorts of tragedies are not unusual.
I don't know why this particular case has affected me so keenly.  I never met the officer, but my heart aches for his family.


Of course, Governor Ducey immediately called for flags to be flown at half-mast.  
Anyone care to guess how many I counted yesterday during my running around?   

Even the U.S. Postal Service missed the memo.
Seriously, I wanted to turn around, march inside and ask them what in the **** they're thinking.
(Ah well, the postal employees' I've seen recently just personify the robotic voice in my phone.)

I hope I'm wrong, but I suspect, in some circles, our flag's become an after-thought.


OK, rant's over!  (For now.)


To be fair, I didn't always ... but I love our flag.
My son's taught me a lot about patriotism, by example -- something he gets from his Grandpa.

Some of you've heard this story before, but I never tire of sharing.  Who knows ... my dad's ritual might catch on?!

Ever the patriot, my father was real big on flying the flag for Special occasions.   
Ours being the quissential government town, I thought it unusual (that) more folks weren't acquainted with the "do's" and "don'ts" of flag etiquette.   Instead, they looked to the Willer's front porch:  If our flag was displayed, they'd hurry to put theirs out before leaving for work.   

One afternoon, a neighbor approached my father.   A bit embarrassed, he asked, "What exactly are we commemorating today, Ad?"    To which my father deadpanned, "It's Lum's birthday."
   
Remember, I said Special occasions?  To Dad's way of thinking, each of our birthdays was reason to fly the U.S. Flag.    I'm not sure what the VFW would have to say about that, but I still chuckle imagining our neighbors inadvertently helping to commemorate each of our birthdays.


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Thanks for bearing with me this morning, friends.
I promise to do better, lighter next time.



Hugs from Phoenix,
Myra







26 comments:

  1. We fly our flag all the time. My flag pole doesn't allow for flying at "half staff". I doubt the Post Office can claim that, however! Another police officer's life. So sad. And for my house so dang scary!!

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    1. Good for you! I don't think we're permitted to fly the flag in our neighborhood. (Stupid HOA, stupid government, afraid of offending someone or another.)

      PS - There's never a police officer shooting that I don't think of you.

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  2. I hadn't heard about the Phoenix police officer until now, but it's a heartbreaking tragedy - and extremely upsetting to know that he was so young.

    Is it still legal to fly an American flag in the U.S.A.???
    Our once-great country is going down the toilet so quickly that our flag should be proudly flown everywhere in defiance of all those who hate it.

    I, for one, am completely disgusted with catering to foreigners, illegal aliens, and all the usual suspects who despise our country but come here to take advantage of it.

    I'm tired of apologizing for being a white American man, and (and I don't give a crap for saying this) - I can't wait until our Muslim President is finally out of office.

    Thanks for tolerating my rant.
    Do I feel better?
    Hell, no!

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    1. I couldn't have said it better, Jon.

      If our country keeps going in the direction it is, I may be looking to relocate into the wilderness myself!

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  3. that is very sad about the officer.. there are so many of them dying in the line of duty in all our cities. Living in the South and being OLD, we grew up with no flags flying except on Federal buildings and banks, here in Florida they fly them every where. on any building.. i don't think other countries fly their flag on their homes but i might be wrong. since i have never been in another country. I love our country and would not want to live anywhere else, but i feel no need to fly the flag on our home. to funny on your dad and the birthdays..

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    1. I never thought about customs in other parts of the country. I suppose what really counts is how folks feel in their hearts.

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  4. I did hear about the officer who lost his life. My prayers are with his family. That is pretty sad about the half staff flags. That is really sweet about your dad and flying his flag.

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    1. Thanks, Debby! Yes, I always smile remembering my father's 'tom-foolery.'

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  5. I have seen lots of flags at half staff here in my part of town. He went to the high school two blocks from us. Sad with just the events of the day, imagine how the step dad must feel thst a weapon he had killed a police officer.

    I remember after 9-11 how many people started flying the flag daily. Now that we are settling in, I need to put that on our list to get.

    Prayers of course for the family and the police.

    Betty

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    1. 'Glad to hear you're witnessing respect in your part of town, Betty. I'm not sure if people are ignorant, or just apathetic.
      (Yes, I remember after 9/11 the local radio station handing out mini U.S. Flags and bumper stickers ... they ran out the first afternoon!)

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  6. This police shooting affected me because he didn't die right away giving us time to pray and watch the news events. It reminds me of the dangerous work our heroes engage in every day. I would have loved your dad. We love the flag. We just bought a taller pole and we fly it proudly every day. Another neighbor now too. We were acknowledge at a road meeting as the family who lives on the last street with the lighted flag seen every night. Proud to be an American!

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    1. So, YOU'RE those folks I've been hearing about, hmmm. (LOL)
      That's a pretty cool 'rep.'!

      Thanking God for all our first responders.

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  7. I promised to love and cherish my wife, until death do us part. I swore to defend this country with my life as every military person has. That meant also to respect the flag of the USA. I get 'goose bumps' when a flag goes by in a parade. I get the same feeling seeing one at half-mast. I do not think I am odd, I think many US citizens do. I still believe this is the greatest country on earth, bar NONE. We are not respected as we once were, but I still love it.

    Very good entry and Yep I love your dad's attitude.
    I also love to fly our flag.

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    1. Your words made me instinctively sit up a little straighter. Thank you for your service, Jack.

      (I think you and my dad - another Navy vet - would've made great buds.)

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  8. I did not forget the LEO. I hit publish too soon. Sad, that a life is snapped out, a life dedicated to serve and protect!

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    1. This is happening too, too often. Some folks' irrational anger is frightening, indeed.

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  9. Life ebbs and flows. It is sad when one passes.

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  10. I proudly fly the flag here at my house every day when the weather is nice. Due to the inclement weather during the winter months, I usually put it away till Memorial day and then fly it through the beginning of November.

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    1. Hi Ma! I think yours is a great (unspoken) example for others ... especially the little ones.

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  11. I love the sight of the American flag and also get angry when it is disrespected. May God grand peace to the family who lost a loved one. Such senseless killings these days. It makes the heart weak.

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    1. Dayle, I was just thinking of you during my morning commute!
      Senseless, is right. Someday all will be revealed ... but what I wouldn't give for a hint!

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  12. I wish I had answers to all this violence but all I have are questions.

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  13. I enjoyed this. I am a big flag flyer, and always have been. To me, it's a symbol of freedom, honoring those who fought for it, and that's worth celebrating every day of the year.

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  14. Your post caught my off guard, took my breathe away. Such sadnesses in our world. But I fly our flag proudly as often as I can. The Baptist church around the corner a few blocks away has this posted on their church wall Isaiah 5:20New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
    Who [a]substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
    Who [b]substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! It is a tragic time in our nation. No Democrat or republic will change it. It is what it is and we are headed toward troubling times. I hate when people say God selected the candidates. Goodness stop putting all this junk of the world on him. It is called free will and if you went to Catholic schools your entire life like I did you might understand a bit of it. Argh...my rant is over for now. I will fly that American flag as long as I am upright. xo

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