Memorial day. The unofficial beginning of summer! And what happens with just about every American family at some point this summer? That’s it! Vacation! My favorite subject! You see I love vacation because I can make a living talking about travel. You could too, but that is not the topic of this post.
What does the day mean? Memorial day, to me it’s always a time to fly your American Flag loud and proud, eat watermelon, cook out with friends, have potato salad, baked beans with burgers and dogs. Outstanding way to celebrate our freedom given to us by those who serve in our armed forces. This year it is all too clear what that means for families with loved ones currently deployed or with the potential to be deployed. My 18 year old daughter thinks she wants to join the Navy to be a diver. She is already an excellent diver, and would be very effective in that role for the Navy. There is just one problem. She is my baby. I don’t want her to do that. It scares the hell out of me. Our military personnel have a target on their back, and Commander in Chief that could care less.
If his children offered to serve, I might feel better, but we all know that won’t happen! So, for me, this Memorial Day is bitter sweet, and takes on new meaning and new insight for the families in our military. Bless them, and bless our country.
We need to establish some ground rules:
First off, we have to play nice with each other in this massive space called the internet. That goes for marketers, educators, retailers, promoters, and those like me, who need an outlet for all the built up opinions that are looking for a place to exist. With that said, I want to state that anyone can voice their opinion, and I welcome discussions on topics that could be controversial. As long as you agree to disagree if your opinion differs from mine, we will be fine. If you choose to attack person or perspective, there may be some deleting happening. After all, it’s my blog.
Secondly, positive reinforcement for things done well by any individual is the best way to express appreciation. If you choose not to send cash, that is fine, but your words are often more valuable, so choose them wisely.
Lastly, when you express yourself, whether in favor or opposed, I ask that you make an effort to use proper grammar, capitalization, and punctuation. If I do not comply, please bring this to my attention. I believe that anything worth doing is worth doing well, and that includes writing. It is my hope that my writing will improve and even be found worthy at some point.
That is all.
Some people view the vastness of the internet as a monster, but we will be talking about owning that space. Not only hosting the monster, but living in its’ space. Join us!