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To “Christmas Card” or Not?”

My next agenda for Christmas is, “Do I send Christmas cards or not?”… I just love receiving them!… and I have always felt cards were like little gifts… some old-fashioned , some religious , some funny , some modern …something for someone I don’t see often…or who lives far away… A stamp cost less than a $1.00… 44 cents to be exact here in the USA… So where could you buy anything better… a special note from or to someone… or just a pretty card  ... At the beginning of sending letters or cards anyone could send you something and then you as the receiver had to decide to pay for it or not… Then in 1840 the Penny Black stamp came into existence and the sender had to pay the postage… The cost was five cents with a picture of Queen Victoria  and was British made… In 1847 Ben Franklin‘s portrait  was put on a five cent stamp and George Washington  on the ten-cent…  In 1856 Thomas Jefferson  was added and in 1863 Andrew Jackson … Of course since then many stamp postage rates have come about along with many different subjects and faces… One of the best-selling Commemorative Stamps that was made in 1993 was of the young Elvis Presley … So now I will make my list of my card recipients… Some will be hand delivered and others will be delivered by thePony Express” Oh,no!… I’m not that old!… I’ll place them in the mailbox in front of my house and raise the flag … so the postman knows I have something for him to pick up… As I write this… it sounds pretty primitive, doesn’t it?… but, I like it just the way it is… Someday I’m sure email… Texting… Facebook… phones of all sorts will take the place of this simple way of giving a small gift… so why not enjoy it while you can!… Now… which Christmas Stamp will I choose for my gifts… maybe…

because these are the choices this year… I choose… … Which one would you have chosen?



“Let Freedom Ring!”

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When I think of the 4th of July …it instantly brings to mind of all the men and women who have been in a military service of any kind…I think of my dad in the NAVY …joined later in life …a little older than some of his comrads…but, probably a little wiser…He already had a family…a wife, two step-children and 2 small children of his own…Did he want to go into the service…I doubt it…but, I believe he felt it was his duty for whatever reason…Maybe his children and wife were the reason…He wanted our USA to be able to defend itself and keep the heritage of his country bright for many years to come…And this means “Letting Freedom Ring” across the land that our forefathers paid dearly for…He was probably not a hero that is portrayed by many…but, I see him as one …because I know it was a sacrifice for him to leave his home for his designated post…

My husband and I had just met in September, when he was issued orders to leave for Viet Nam …by March 1st…Did he want to leave me…NO!…Did he want to leave his family …Mom, brothers and sisters?  NO!…but, when he was deployed… he went…He had to endure many things in a country he hardly knew…Seeing many things that have brought about nightmares  at times…Doing things he never thought he would be capable of doing…Learning about what facing your enemies inside and out is all about…Carrying home in their mind… pictures of things so bad …that they hold it inside until they can hold it no more…and as his wife…seeing the changes and heartache  that directs his reasoning and protectiveness of the ones he loves…Yes, we need to celebrate …To remember what is entailed to reach Freedom and Peace  for the country and people who live here…God Bless Our Country  and God Bless the Service Men/Women that have made it possible for us to live in a land of FREEDOM!

“My Kids!”…

Of course my kids were not at school during July…It was summer break …but, our kids did know what the 4th of July meant…You could ask them,”Who is the President of the United States?”   …and they could tell you…”When is Independence Day?”…and they could tell you…”What are the names of the military services?”  and they could tell you…We taught them to honor our country through saying ,”The Pledge of Allegiance   to our wonderful red, white and blue flag  …We talked of the important people who were a part of making and keeping our country free…and writing the laws that our country lives by…When 9-11  was broadcasted on the television at school we all had our eyes and ear strained to that news…

Our school name was “Thomas Jefferson Middle School”…so of course they knew about “Thomas Jefferson” and our mascot was “The Patriots” So as you can see our special students were even more special in that they had learned some basics about how our country came to be and what it took to keep it that way…We had a Veterans Day Program each year …Many Veterans came to our school to be honored with certificates  and a flag  …Our little “Patriot Bake Shop” baked and decorated a huge cake to honor them for their service … We depicted all the services of the military with little pictures …One as important as the other… It was quite moving to see all of those “Freedom Fighters” encircling our gym …side by side …knowing what each had contributed to keep the Bell of Freedom Ringing!