Friday, July 20, 2012

A Bad American?

So, I'd planned to share a few anecdotes and photos regarding the Budget Summit which recently concluded at my workplace.   
"Tom-foolery",  my elders used to say.
Given this morning's tragedy in Colorado, however, PPD crime scene tape and chalk body outlines seem in poor taste.

Like you, I'm still in a bit of shock and crazy sadness watching events play out in Aurora.

The mind's jumping ... presupposing how the "alleged" (geeze!) gunman's life will surely be extended; his actions somehow excused by psychologists and sympathizers.

It's times like this I wonder: Am I a "bad American"?  

"... with Liberty and Justice for all."
I've issues with that line.  Much the same way my tongue occasionally struggles with, " we forgive those who trespass against us."

OK, full-disclosure.   I've still a little bit of "guilty until proven innocent" going on upstairs.   (That nugget shared a long time ago by a lady who happened to be married to the District Attorney in our little West Texas town.)   
While my "grown-up" mind recognizes the sheer fallacy of that belief, it's obvious no-one in their right mind wants to see my face in their jury pool.   
....Just ask my hubby!

Of late, we've become hooked on watching NBC's Saturday Night Mysteries.   Knowing that a "spirited discussion" is likely, I suspect DH dreads each aftermath.   Don't even get me started on our discussions regarding a couple sensational murder trials of the last decade. - lol.

I can't help myself.   No doubt, any more than he can help being disgustingly Rational and prone to Facts.  Just the facts.    My arguments about "common sense" hold no weight ... and more than once I've gone to bed muttering, "I actually MARRIED this person?!?"      

Thankfully, we hold no malice towards each another.    And thankfully, calmer heads will prevail in Aurora.

There may be no answers and no swift conclusion.   Instead, I'll do my best to put aside my anger and offer my prayers for the victims and their families.   

And leave the rest to God.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Wanted to drop by to wish everyone a very  Happy Independence Day

It's an unusually rainy day here in the Valley of the Sun ... just the sort of welcome excuse to stay in my pj's with a good book and a bowl of cereal.        

Just maybe, I should feel a little bad for those who were looking forward to poolside BBQ's or the city's annual celebration at Tempe Towne Lake.    Then again, those activities may still occur.   

While I dream of someday watching a fabulous fireworks display in 3D -- INSIDE an air-conditioned IMAX theater -- I love that the young (and young-at-heart) aren't afraid to run out and grasp LIFE with both hands.

It's all a state of mind.   And heart.   
May I share a favorite family anecdote?  

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

Finally one afternoon, a neighbor approached my father.   Somewhat embarrassed, he asked, "What exactly are we commemorating today, Ad?"    To which my father replied, "It's Lum's birthday."
Remember, I said Special occasions?  To his 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 my mother's birthday.

Wishing you ALL a special day of remembrance and celebration -- just the sort that makes your heart sing!