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Happy Memorial Day everyone! 

Today we celebrate America – our America – our nation of great opportunity and great diversity.  Even though our country and our cultures are engaged in challenging times, Memorial Day is a day to celebrate our blessings and our future possibilities, don’t you think? 

On any other day, it’s easy to get mired in everything that seems to be wrong with America.  What concerns you the most? Politics?  The economy?  Health care?  Taylor Swift’s views on Justin Bieber?   Lots of opportunities for worry, fear, frustration, and anger, I suppose.  But not today. 

Conservation of our Earth for future generations is another important concern – and a periodic hotbed of debate.  Nothing new however; this topic dates back to our original landlords: 

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors – we borrow it from our children. 

                                  Native American proverb 

Do you believe we’re experiencing (and contributing to) Global Warming?  If we are, what can each of us individually do about it?  Will our children feel the same way about lending us their Earth as we do about our Social Security trust fund?  (Not much “trust” in that trust fund today is there?) 

But Memorial Day is a holiday and a time for celebration not worries; for national pride not fear; for appreciation not anger.  Americans celebrate the interesting, diverse, and humorous lifestyle others have helped enrich. 

Our Unknown Sage offers these examples: 

Only in America…

can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance. 

Only in America…

are there handicap parking places in front of a skating rink.

Only in America…

do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front. 

Only in America…

do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke. 

Only in America…

do banks leave both doors open and then chain the pens to  the counters. 

Only in America…

do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.                      

Only in America…

do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight.  

Only in America…

do we use the word “politics” to describe the process so well: “Poli” in Latin meaning “many” and “tics” meaning  “bloodsucking creatures.” 

Only in America…

do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering.                            

Yes, only in America.  And in America, Memorial Day is a day to celebrate our country and the men and women of our armed forces who have preserved a country where cultures of diversity come together unlike any other place on Earth.  It’s a time to salute our service men and women; present and past; too many to count who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our way of life. 

It’s true that we all benefit today from those who came before us.  But what are we making of the opportunities they provided us?  And what will we leave for our future generations? 

In America today, you can be anything you want to be; and most people are.

Gary A. Pokorn                                 

Today, let’s kick back, relax and enjoy the holiday.  Then, let’s go back to work – working to be anything we want to be; working to preserve our way of life for future generations; working to pay back the loan on planet Earth (and Social Security).  Deal? 

                                                                                    GAP 

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2 Comments


  1. Jim Anderson
    May 27, 2013

    Gary-

    Very nice summary of some of the things that make life ever interesting and entertaining in the U.S. God bless you.

    Jim


    • Gary
      May 29, 2013

      Thanks, as always Jim, for reading my little ditties and offering your comments. May God bless us all! Thx, GAP

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