Hi and happy last day of August. Can you believe it will be September tomorrow? I sure can’t. This month has been a busy one and flew by. Ian has been in school for a month now and is doing well. For that we are truly thankful.
It is hard to believe that this is only my second posting this month. The one I did two weeks ago doesn’t seem to have been read by many people. Oh well. I really need to get back to regularly writing and posting. Here are some thoughts over the last week.
I enjoyed my first PTO meeting this week as an interested parent, not an officer having to do something. It was different and good. The PTO at this school is different than last year. Not as much to do and support but what there is to do is quite important. Nice to be a part of that.
This weekend is football time in Tennessee. For those who don’t know, the University of Tennessee is a popular team and many people plan their Saturdays in order to watch the games. Orange and white are the colors of choice for many fans as they are yelling at the stadium or cheering in front of the television. It is almost a religion here.
In 1998, UT won the national championship game. It was a big year for UT. One of the local television stations is airing information about that year’s team, information on each week’s game and the fans. It has been a great look back. We hope for a winning season this year for UT. Last year was rough for them and I hope they are on the rebound.
Also this weekend is Labor Day and a three-day weekend, which is so nice. We can sleep in for three days instead of our usual two. YEAH! Ian asked this morning what that day is for. I told him it is to celebrate workers and also the end of the summer.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
I don’t know about you but I grew up learning that everyone at an office has an important and vital job in the success of the company. The janitor keeps the building looking nice, the boss leads everyone and all of the worker bees also do their part. My hope is that we can all appreciate our co-workers and those who provide services to us and for us.
Speaking of hard work and doing their part, you know who has amazed me this week? President Jimmy Carter. He is 93 years old and is building a house with Habitat for Humanity. He and his wife are working together with other volunteers. He has been busy giving back ever since he left office as president. He is someone for Ian to learn from.
Another person is the late Senator John McCain who died this week of brain cancer. This is the same cancer that led to the death of Senator Ted Kennedy, and to Beau Biden. These men were all mentioned and praised during the remarks yesterday by Vice President Joe Biden.
Biden and McCain had an unusual friendship, especially in today’s atmosphere of hating those we don’t agree with, or ridiculing them. They were totally different and called each other on it. They had major disagreements but were still there for each other and were friends. They knew how to laugh and respect each other.
At the funeral in Arizona, Biden said, “I’m sure there’s people who said to you: ‘Explain this guy to me.’ Because, as they looked at him, in one sense they admired him. In one sense, the way things changed so much in America, they looked at him as if John came from another age, lived by a different code — an ancient, antiquated code where honor, courage, integrity, duty, were alive…. truth is, John’s code was ageless…. He’d part company with you if you lacked the basic values of decency and respect.”
If only we could go back to that treatment of each other again. I am so very tired of the idea that the other side is the enemy. They aren’t. They are just different in what they think. They could, however, be considered an enemy if they are out to do you harm. Egging others on to violence and hate is so very wrong and needs to stop.
I didn’t always agree with Senator McCain on issues but I did respect his service to our country, his time as a prisoner of war, the fact that when offered to be sent home he declined since he wasn’t the first one there, and his love of his family. He was decent, had integrity, and amazing courage. And, he never thought of himself as a hero.
These are the traits that I want Ian to have as he grows into manhood. These are the traits that my husband and I are trying to teach him, trying to model to him, and trying to discuss with him. We want him to be a man of integrity, honor, courage, love, respect for others, compassion, and so much more.
(All pictures are from Power Point Clip Art). What random thoughts did you have this week? Please share them.