“United we stand, divided we fall”
Trigger warning- this is not my usual post here at Our Little Red House. Just one of my summer time rants. You know it’s good to get things off your chest now and then. I should make this a regular thing. Maybe call it Monday morning rants, what a nice way to start a fresh week, with a good old rant. If you are reading this, then that means I hit that publish button. Just had to do it, didn’t I.
So what do I have to loose over this rant, maybe some followers, which would make me sad but I really feel the need to post this. If this post makes even one person happy and helps them feel like they are not alone and think the same thing, well, that is enough for me. I fear more and more people are choosing silence over speaking up and when that happens things start to become ugly.
I always bring this up, this happened during world war two and now I see signs everywhere that are very similar to that time. Not that I grew up during world war two but I have read enough books on the subject (published before 2000) and I have listened to enough personal stories by the ones that were around during that time, to write what I wrote above.
I wonder how a whole country became silent back during that time. We all know how powerful fear can become if we let it. Look at me and my spider situation. I can get up real close to everything else but spiders turn me into a whole other person. Is that what happened…fear?.
There were hero’s made during that war, hundreds and some not even recognized for it. There were also really bad ones out there that harmed many.
So what is this post/rant about anyway. It’s about the American flag. It’s being attacked at the moment. It is being turned into a symbol of hate.
When I think of the American flag I think of my uncle and how at his funeral the American flag rested over his casket. Then the solders took it off and folded it into a triangle and handed it to my seated grandmother. That flag now rest in a box frame at my Aunt’s home. And every time I pass by it I remember how my grandma held it close to her heart after it rested on her son’s casket.
Or I think of my mother-in-law’s story of being a little girl growing up in Italy during War World two and seeing the Americans coming down her street with the American flag waving on their tanks. They were giving out chocolate bars to the children. She fell in love with Americans that day and said she always knew she would marry one someday and she did, my husband’s father.
My father-in-law was a part of two wars. He still had nightmares about those experiences decades later. No one ever gets over wars. He was always proud to hang that American flag up at his home. Proud to be American. I wonder what he would say today if he were to alive to see what is happening.
When my husband and I would travel when we were younger (in our 20’s ) what ever country we were in, we always were respectful and courteous because we knew we represented our country. We wanted to leave that foreign country knowing that we made friends by showing kindness and that we as Americans are not anyone’s enemy.
I get visits from all over the world here. I love seeing that. So if you are reading this from another country know this…we are your friends, your neighbors, and we are all the same human being in our hearts.
I hope you know that the majority of Americans are not racist, we are not full of hate. We want what everyone else out there in the world wants. Food, shelter and good health for our friends and family. We want peace. We want a clean planet and clean food. We want a good education for the next generations growing up.
We want a world that loves each other. The jealousy, bitterness, envy, materialism, vanity, and just wanting to control others, that some people want is hurting this world. All those ugly characteristics I just wrote above are mostly on the screens, and it only represents a small part of what is happening right now.
I am only one voice and not an important one either. I am not a big shot politician, or a highly educated individual, or even a movie star…I’m just a wife and mother. And as a mother of two children I can only hope and pray that more people start speaking up and loudly too.
We, none of us, are perfect and we have all made mistakes in life. That includes our country, it has made mistakes too but there are good things that it has accomplished too. We should always move past the ugliness of past mistakes and start anew forgiving and moving towards a better future.
To hate a mistake from the past only poisons our own hearts and future. We learn from mistakes and hopefully move on. But what about all the times mistakes were not made, what about the wonderful things that have happened? Why do some people love the misery and not the happiness?Those people tend to get stuck in their own bitterness. What an emotional prison that must feel like.
I noticed something since our flag has come under attack. American flags are showing up all of a sudden everywhere. In shop windows, flower beds, whole streets are lined with poles and waving flags. Driving on the freeways, there are all sizes waving everywhere together. Walking into restaurants there are huge American flags displayed on walls. Stickers on Trucks, along with tiny ones waving from driving vehicles. Billboards with flags animated on their screens all day long.
In all the years I have walked this planet, I have never seen so many people stand up and protect this flag from hate as much as they are doing right now.
We all can feel this divide slowly trying to creep in, trying to take over and turn everyone into hating one another. Who benefits from us all hating each other? Who benefits when we all start silencing ourselves and not connecting with each other?
I don’t get a lot of visits to my site and that is okay. Because like I wrote above, if this post helps even one person then I am happy. Lets say that one person who reads this, then goes out into the world and spreads the same information. Maybe starts up a conversation with someone else. Maybe that one person does something kind to another human being. Then that second person does the same, and so on, and so on. Get my point. Silence is deadly but hate is even worse and the immunity to that is going out into the world and connecting with one another. Love your neighbors.
If you are visiting this post today, please understand that this post comes straight from a place of love. I hope where ever you are in the world at this moment you will know that the majority of American people are your friends, not your enemies. Not saying that there aren’t some bad apples out there. Not as many as you think though.
Who ever you are, reading this (and thank you for that) I hope that you also show pride in yourselves, and your own flags. Where ever you walk, the steps you take in life, the people you come into contact with, always represent that part of you that shows your neighbor you are a friend. Pass on smiles, kindness and love. Do not let fear and hate rule your world. Let the world know that you are not an enemy.
May only good things always come your way. May you always know peace and happiness. God bless you all. Please stay safe, happy and healthy in the world wherever you may be. And whether you are a politician, lawyer, doctor, gardener, roofer, truck driver, priest, or just a little old mom like me… never be afraid to speak your truths.
Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.
I am off for the month of August. Thank you for your visits, likes and any comments. I hope you all are having a wonderful summer. See you guys sometime in September.
Photos below are of a flag in the middle of nowhere. Someone climbed up that hill in the middle of the woods, miles away from anything and put that flag there. At night there are solar lights that light it up. You can see in the last photo how far away it is from the main road. Maybe the forest service put it there…don’t know.
Update on this post- I decided to stay offline for a month or more to catch up on some goals of mine, one of which is getting an online shop ready and a fun craft book done before Christmas. Blogging as you all know can take up a lot of time. But after what happened over the weekend in Texas and Ohio I am in shock, so I got back online to do this quick add on. I remember writing this post a couple weeks ago, telling my daughter I am going to have a ton of post ready to publish for Aug/Sep so I can concentrate on other things and this post “One nation under attack” I was a little concerned about. I told my daughter to go ahead and pre-schedule it to be posted Monday August 5th. Little did I know what would happen the following weekend. So please, this is more important then ever…please keep the whole world in your prayers. Keep the people and victims of the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio (both states I have history with) in your prayers and well wishes. And remember, don’t listen to those screens, they are trying to get us all to hate one another. Stay safe out there everyone. This is not a one country problem , this is a world problem. Do something, even if small…do something kind today in memory of the victims of all mass shootings.