Sunday, October 10, 2010

Five Hundred Twenty Five Thousand Six Hundred Minutes

One year ago today, this is what I was doing:

One boy, one girl,

Two hearts beating wildly,

To put it mildly, it was love at first sight.

He smiled, she smiled, and they knew right away

This was the day they'd been waiting for all their lives.

For a moment the whole world

Revolved around one boy, and one girl

Happy Anniversay C!!!  I love you very much and can't wait to celebrate many more years together!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

You also have the right to remain silent.....

Just a warning to you readers today, I am getting on my soapbox for a minute.  This won't happen often on here I promise but this has been on my heart all day.

If you have watched the news this week, you know that the Supreme Court is hearing the case of the people who protest at soldiers funerals.  It turned my stomach this morning to see some of the signs those people are holding at a hero's funeral. 

"Thank God a Soldiers Dead"

"God Hates the USA"

"Thank God for 9/11"

Everyone a little nauseous now?  I am.  It breaks my heart for the families who are honoring their son/daughter, grandson/granddaughter, husband/wife, or father/mother have to see that as they are going to say goodbye.  Sadly, the funeral is probably the first time they have seen their loved one in 18 months.  And they are greeted with such horror as they walk in or leave to do graveside?

The protesters are from Westboro Baptist Church.  Really?  This is what you feel God has led you to do?  Not feed the hunger or reach out to those who are lost?  You have to hold a sign that says "Semper Fi Fags" at a Marine's funeral instead?

I am disgusted. 

I am outraged.

I am heartsick for these families and all of our soldiers still far from home that have to hear about this.  Can you imagine if you were a soldier that hasn't seen your family in a year or more watching this on a news program patched to you on a base thousands of miles from home.  That the very people you are fighting for are greeting your fallen brothers and sisters this way.  How are they supposed to keep their morale up and continue to give it their best?  To concentrate on getting their jobs done to protect the rights of these poor excuses for Americans?

Just because you have the right of freedom of speech doesn't mean you should use it. 

What happened to the Country that banded together so tightly just 9 years ago?  Where there was no color, religion or any other differences.  We were all just Americans. 

We need to rally behind the men and women who are brave enough to do what most of us can't.  We need to support their families while their loved ones are away fighting so that we can enjoy the freedoms most other countries don't have. 

If you don't like the way things are here, maybe do something positive to change it.  Or leave.  Go somewhere else.  Go to an impoverished country riddled with hate and crime and see how "bad" it really is here.  Or better yet, go to the places these soldiers are dying and hold your sign up there.  Bet you won't feel so self-righteous then. 

After all, what we fear and hate in others, is often what we fear and hate in ourselves.