Ed-vise: Veterans

A Big Brother GOOD MORNING!!! to you all! Yup, once again the Big Brother House is full. I can’t say I am necessarily a fan. But, Spousal Support Unit and others in the family are so, subsequently, I end up listening in on it. No Shame!

Think About it Thursday Ed-vise today. Cause it’s THURSDAY! Time to THINK!

I read an article yesterday posted by one of my colleagues. It was from ESPN and spoke about the 4th of July. Baseball, barbecue and losing freedom this Fourth of July is the title on the commentary by Howard Bryant.

It’s a good read. As a side note, I like it because it is long and well thought out. Definitely makes a person think.

There is a part in it where Bryant talks about how honoring veterans seems to eclipse any sort of 4th of July badminton or backyard barbecue.

That made me Think.

See, I’m a veteran. And me, like many other veterans, get really uncomfortable when people thank us for our service. Seriously. We do. Why? Because we don’t really know what to say in return. Normally, you say “you’re welcome” when someone says “thank you.” But on the service thing, it feels a bit on the arrogant side when someone thanks me for my service.

I’m not saying don’t thank a veteran. If that makes you feel good or you think it needs said, then by all means do so. Please. It’s OK.

For me, in thinking about that article, if you want to thank me, do so by your actions. Go back to having those backyard barbecues and badminton games. Go back to the family reunions and talk about random shit other than wars. Tell your local sports announcer at the stadium to STOP calling out veterans to stand up. It’s a bit discomforting.

Just enjoy the game without all the patriotic rah rah stuff.

Trust me when I say I have ZERO doubt in my mind that you, who read this (and I think Lester Holt also reads it), have a deep respect for veterans. Furthermore, I firmly believe that just about everyone in ‘Murica has respect for veterans. You would show greater respect by simply doing what you love on the 4th of July. Whatever it is. Hiking, picinicing, barbecuing, football, baseball, whatever sport. Do whatever it is you love to do. Us veterans, we’re fine with it. We LOVE it! I can honestly tell you that I would rather be invited to something like that than to stand at a sports event after the announcer calls out for veterans to stand up and be recognized.

But, I probably speak blasphemy. Oh well!

I’m just saying

That’s it for today. Take care of yourselves. Check in on each other and remember if you replace an amputated toe with a breath mint, it’s called a…TIK TAK TOE!!!! HAHAHHAHAHAHA…Good One!


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