November 10th

Good Morning America! 🙂

As we approach Veteran’s Day on November 11th. I hope that you will take time to remember everything that is as American as mom’s apple pie. It is a time in our country’s history when we need to stand up for the Red, White, and Blue.

Tomorrow I will be posting a special dedication to all the Veteran’s that have served our country. Please make sure to join me in their honor and leave a comment to show how much we truly care about our military men and women.

For today: I am thankful for:

All things with American traditions.

I had the wonderful opportunity of listening to the wonderful Horse Station that is produced by Conrad and Rafael.

They hosted Roy Rogers Jr. You can’t get anymore American than that. He shared memories of Roger Rogers Sr. Dale Evans and Trigger along with many others close to the family.  Having grown up watching Roy and Dale during my youth it brought back a warmth to my heart and tears to my eyes.

I am thankful to have grown up in a time when life was simple.

Families were a unit.

You played cowboys and Indians.

You had cap guns and toy bows and arrows.

You sang country songs.

You went to the rodeo and fairs.

You loved the horses in the Fourth of July parades.

You pretended you were a pioneer.

You explored the last wilderness.

You weren’t afraid of cows, and horses or getting muddy.

Meat and potatoes were a staple.

Mom’s fresh apple pie with vanilla ice cream was a delight.

Saturday Night was bath night.

Sunday you went to church.

Dad took you fishing and taught you how to worm a hook.

You knew that a car was a death trap and you respected it.

Mom put your hair in curls every night and you were thankful to escape the wave clamps.

Being outside was a breath of fresh air.

Mountain water was as good as it gets straight from a fresh mountain stream.

Camping in a tent and sleeping in a sleeping bag was an adventurous vacation.

Roasting hot dogs and marshmallows over a campfire was a delight.

Catching fireflies in a jar only to let them go was awesome.

Trying to identify as many animals as you could and the different species of birds took all day.

Pretending you were Lewis and Clark as you floated a rubber tire down the creek and hoped you didn’t let go.

Learning to walk on a fallen log to get across the creek to the other side was pretending you were a tight rope walker high in the sky.

Hoping you didn’t have to climb a tree to avoid a bear or a skunk.

Wearing boots and watching out for snakes.

Wanting to walk barefoot when ever you could get away with it.

Wading in the creeks on a hot summers day.

Dancing with the stars was Saturday Night watching Lawrence Welk then dancing through the house until dad said, “Stop! You are going to fall into the basement.”

Learning that TNT was what they used in the mines and that the whistles blew just before they set off an explosion.

Going to school and watching movies about blasting caps instead of fireworks or fire drills so that you wouldn’t pick one up and blow off a finger.

American Unions and why you only bought what was made in America or had a Union” Bug” on it to protect our jobs.

Getting use to train whistles all hours of the day and night and being thankful you learned to watch for following train guard rails.

Saluting the American flag every time you saw it.

Singing the Star Spangled Banner, God Bless America, This Land is My Land, My Country Tis of Thee Sweet Land of Liberty!, and many more.

Singing your State Song, knowing your state bird, flower, seal, and flag.

Knowing your State Capitol and all the other capitols too.

Understanding the Constitution and the difference between the right to freedom of speech and just speaking for the right.

Being thankful that you had a freedom to choose different religions and not being afraid to mention the word “GOD”

Censorship wasn’t an issue because morales were expected.

Heaven and Hell were understood and you never wanted to end up in Limbo.

Sneaking out was going to the library to see a boyfriend and coming home with a book.

I am thankful to have grown up during a time when I knew the difference between respecting the red, white, and blue and disrespecting the flag by making clothing out of it.

I am thankful to have grown up in a time when the entire neighborhood helped raise you. If your parents didn’t know what you were doing someone else did and stopped you if it was wrong.

I grew up at a time when a community did raise you.

I am thankful for growing up at a time when if you were in trouble at school your were in trouble at home. It solved a lot of problems and peer pressure didn’t exist.

I am thankful for having had chores so that I could learn a sense of responsiblity along with self-respect. There is a pride in what you do and how you do it. That’s what our parent’s were trying to teach us.

I am thankful to have grown up learning about mother nature and it’s dangers and yet respecting and protecting it for future generations.

I am thankful every time that I see re-enactments of the past such as the pioneer trails, the rodeos, the battlefields, etc. We need to remember the life styles of past generations and how our country was forged.

We need to keep alive the history, the colors, and the excitement of the old traditions and music; it is where we came from and has given us the road to where we are going.

I am so thankful every time I hear an interview of family members of people who I grew up with whether it is Roy Rogers, John Wayne, Debbie Reynolds or whoever. Let us keep the old traditions alive.

I am thankful every time I can watch a western on television which isn’t often. I love my westerns.

I am thankful for movies like Lonesome Dove, and I appreciate the men and women who labored as they moved in wagons from one end of this country to the other end. They lost much in the process and didn’t complain.  You never heard them talk about PST or stress. They just did it and started over many times.

We are living in a time now when America’s younger generations don’t know how to pull themselves up by their boot straps and move forward.

It is time to relive the American way. Toughen up , buckle up and just do it.

I think we saw a perfect example on the news last night of our politicians. If you can’t lead yourself to water then you will die in the desert. One of our politicians never made it to the water hole last night.  I don’t think most of us want to be left in the desert with him.

This is a time where you had better be able to lead this country out of the mess it is in. It is a time to find a person who knows how to solve problems, make decisions, doesn’t have time for the opposite sex, and will take problems serious. It’s time to not only clean up the white house, the congress, the pentagon, but it is time to clean up all of America and go back to family morales, structured beliefs where children have faith, family unity and safety. It is a time when we can’t afford to worry about the almighty dollar. Money is not the root of all evil it is what we do with it. We are at a time when we have to stop the belief that the Rich should get richer and the poor should get poorer. We need to work for quality, pride, and self-esteem not the almighty dollar. It is a time to share the wealth and make society more equal.

I am thankful that it is not too late for us to move forward.

So America start now by doing what is a wonderful quote to live by ” First put your own house in order! Then you can help clean someone elses.” Start by not wanting everything. Prioritize what is really important for your household. If you don’t need it don’t buy it. It’s better to have a nest egg than be broke.

America it is time to start saving money. Grandparents used cookie jars, mattresses, whatever they could find. Do what works for you but save part of every pay check you get.

Educate yourself on what is affecting your life. Know the costs of everything. Watch for hidden expenses. Know medications and side effects and be well versed so you can protect your household.

Well that’s my thoughts for today.

Well I haven’t seen Sammy or Marty today. All is quiet in the yard. It is a bright sunny day but cold. All is calm at the moment so until tomorrow respect yourself and others, share love and pass it forward.

Join me tomorrow for our Veteran’s Day Remembrance.

Have a wonderful day.

I am thankful to all of you for joining me. 🙂


One Response

  1. Very nice sentiments.

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