Yes, I know today isn't all about grilling hot dogs and playing bags. I know what Memorial Day is. I actually hate this holiday. I hate that we have to have war, and soldiers. I don't like all the funerals of fallen soldiers. I WISH the world just lived in peace and nobody had to sacrifice their life for our freedom. I WISH.
But they do. And we have Memorial Day. I get it. It's the way of our world.
I was asked by a friend on facebook if I talked to my children today about what this holiday meant. It was after I made a light post about giving my daughter a pedicure today. I didn't mention a soldier when I wrote it. And apparently he took that as disprespect for my country, the soldiers, their families.
Maybe people can think before they start attacking for no reason. I am not at war. America is. Not me. Just because I took time out today to try to be funny, live my life, be a good mom and live freely, doesn't mean I don't get what today means.
So here's how the "war" started:
MY FACEBOOK POST::::so I was doing the girls nails.. and Jayleys toes were pretty gnarly.. and I asked her "dont you ever wash your feet?" and i was thinking it was a dumb question.. but she replied "gross.. Im not touching my feet".. so I had to give her a hygiene lesson AGAIN!! who doesn't wash their feet? It reminded me of when gigi told me she washed her crotch first and then her face in the shower.. I obviously gave up supervised baths TOO SOON.
THIS IS WHAT RESPONSE I RECEIVED:::::Did you tell her the reason she is off school today. Thats way more importand than a foot theropy! Please!
ME:::::well they have been off school for over a week already... so she knows she was off school today for summer break!! and whats theropy??? :)I didnt know we couldnt get pedicures on memorial day. oops.
HIS RESPONSE:::did you explain the holiday to you children? their are alot of comforts you enjoy due to alot of dead sodiers that their mothers weep every day. The highest honer is deserved to our military! Please explain this to them, and if y ou cant there are alot on the internet that can !I am x miltary and i have a close pation to this and im sure you would to if you had brothers or sisters or cousins they paid the ultimate price. My uncle thought of his dead son until his last day a month ago. Get perspective on what is imortant.
Anyway, this went on for a few more posts. Another of my facebook friends even tried getting involded to calm him down.
I don't think that my actions of making a facebook post about something other than Memorial Day has any bearing on what kind of American or human being I am.
I understand that today means different things to different people. No, I have never lost anyone in a war. I don't come from a strong military family. But that doens't mean I don't respect each and every one of these people. I absoultely DO. I have nothing but repsect and AWE for them. I could never lay down my life for my country. My children yes. But to be honest, not my country. That doesn't make me a bad person. Or a person who doesn't respect my country. It just makes me honest.
THANK YOU TO ALL THE MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN OUT THERE!!! I MEAN THAT FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART. BECAUSE OF YOU, AND YOUR SACRIFICES I KNOW THAT I CAN SIT AND PAINT MY CHILD'S TOES. IT'S A SIMPLE THING TO DO, BUT IF IT WASN'T FOR YOU ALL, I MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO. SO THANK YOU THAK YOU THANK YOU!!! God Bless~
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