I just finished hanging my brand new spanking flag this morning. I have to hang it front the over-hang of my porch at my apartment here in beautiful...Glen Rose, Texas. I had just purchased it at my friends general/convenience store, across from where I live (now ain't that convenient...).
As I was walking home, my brother Lon (my twin, don't ya know), took me for a long ride out in the country. It had been raining most of the night, and early morning, so everything was fresh and clean, and that air was cool and just right for a trip in the country. We visited sites that I have not seen in months, even years, and it was so damned beautiful.
If you are unfamiliar with this part of Texas, which is south of Ft. worth and Dallas (50-60 miles), just think of the Hill Country and you have a pretty good idea of this area. Now at the end of a very hot, and often dry summer, we had a fine rain, and the hills and valleys are green, and if I didn't know better, there was a hint of fall in the air, and a touch of color, other than green, in some of the local foliage.
Anyway, when I got home, I took my flag and hung it, with care, and can see it out my dining-room window as I write this (I have my computer on the dining-room table). It looks grand out there, fluttering in the morning breeze. The clouds are beginning to break-up, so the temperature is going up, in increments, 5 at a time, hahahaha. It will be hotter'n two rats scroggin' in a wool sock before the day is out. But, I'll have my flag flying, and that is a good thing !!!
No, I'm not a super patriot, and I'm not a lot of other things, either. I had a flag flying outside my apartment way back when those planes hit the World Trade Center. I, like a whole bunch of folks, felt compelled by those events to hoist an American flag...damned near any place they could. And that was a good thing as well. I would hang my flag on the propeer occasions, and it was a very good thing.
We are approaching that seminal event once again, and my old flag had long ago been destroyed in the proscribed manner, befitting American flags that have become too torn and tattered and in need of replacement. Buying, and hanging a new flag was something that I felt I needed to do. Not for some need to show my patriotism, or make a statement about America's greatness, something that doesn't require my flag waving to prove...It just is !!!
And no, I do not feel the need to say, or show how I feel about someone else's country, or ideology, or their religion. Those are things of which i have no right to judge. All I can do is be an American, and I am proud of our men and women who have fought for us, to keep us free, and have died in the process. I don't do this in some out-poring of nationalism, or over-blown sense of...I am doing it out of gratitude !!!
I am grateful, this day, to be here, in my home town, which I often cuss (like I have been just this morning, hahaha). But I am grateful that I CAN live here, or anywhere else, that I choose. I am grateful, today, that we DO live in a free country, not because of this wing, or that wing, or what has come to be a kind of worship of ...fatherland, but because our men and women have been ready and willing to go and do that which many of us have never done, ME included. And that is, of course, to lay their butts on the line for us.
I am grateful for what they do, but sooo sorry that we all too often make a mockery of their sacrifice by being petty, and selfish, and for so many of the rights we have, yet we bitch and moan about how bad we have it.
I am grateful, today, for the rights we have in America, and I am grateful, today, for those who make that possible, our young men and women who serve in our armed forces. May God be with them, and have mercy on us !!!