Memorial Day 2020

The grandkids have returned home. They are missed already. No superhero’s to set up in the yard before they wake up. I set up my grandson’s superheroes performing some task in the yard each morning. Such as riding his bike and grandaughter’s scooter. Working together to launch a tube in to the tiny pool for the kids to play in, or the whole gang of superhero’s riding the tube, etc. It was a great week for us having the kids on the farm. Making up games to play. Rigging a strip of plastic to the frame of his bike to make a motor sound as it ticked on the spokes as he rode. Ever encouraging them to get outdoors and explore. Morning rides with them on the four wheeler to dig around in the junk, barn, and fields to look for treasures left behind from kids that roamed the farm in the past. My wife teaching Harper to sew. Me working with Nolan on picking up after himself and pronouncing C’s and K’s.

My mind wanders back to the current pandemic. How divided we have become as a nation. I am shocked at how so many are protesting. Sacrificing so little at the present time, yet feeling as if they are sacrificing all their freedom. How being out of work for three months is a horrible thing, being home an awful thing as well. Three months and all is lost. Come on people. I once again say WAKE UP. Then again maybe I am wrong. It is all a great conspiracy, 100,000 people die in three months every year. It is not me or my family so the hell with them.

Perhaps we need to build walls, test atomic bombs, open up are national parks to business the welfare of the environment be damned. Close off all treaties with nations to do our best to create World War Last. Disregard working together with our allies. Operation warp speed. Start a space force. Divide and conquer.

It is all the fault of religious freedom lost unable to get together for a short time. Once again maybe I am wrong but religious beliefs have caused a war or two in the past. I don’t have anything against formal religions. It is not for me but have seen the good it can do as well as the not so good. Brought up in a formal religion I feel it disallow’s children to have an open mind. To an extent they are not necessarily brainwashed but indoctrinated to believe their ways are the one and only.

How honesty and transparency in the new governor of our state is misconstrued and he is hung in effigy. By  supposedly grown up people that act like spoiled children. Shame on the damn fools who did this.

I think of the sacrifice of lives lost to gain the actual freedom granted me. For that I am forever thankful.

Should I be thankful for our current government working divided. I don’t think so…

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6 Responses to Memorial Day 2020

  1. Amen to that. They should have grown up in the 60s and 70s, then they would have had something to really complain about.
    Great shots!

  2. ellen says:

    Beautiful photos, oldies but very ‘good’ies. Beautiful writing of your thoughts too. I wish that I could write so beautifully. Flashback memory as I viewed the last picture, flag being presented to my mother at my Vietnam casualty brother’s funeral. Memorial Day, so discussing-ly weird. Conflict in my head, as I know that my lack of religious upbringing worked exactly the opposite in my life. I loved my parents and family, my life, but I was drawn my an unexplainable need to be religious, but came to know that it was NOT religion I needed/wanted it was truth as to God’s existence. I truly believe that He/His holy spirit was drawing me. On my own I visited one church and it changed my life. Yes, I’m a ‘born again believer’. Please don’t think, I’m saying you are wrong, because you aren’t. I guess that is why the Conflict in my Head persists. This current state we are in is ridiculous. Where is the ‘faith’ so many proclaim. The panic/pandemic is so dumbfoundingly dumb and led by leaders who have jumped off the deep end. You are an amazing Grandfather, teaching you Grands by giving them continuous exploration of nature, God’s amazing creation, not indoctrinating them with religion. They will forever be blessed by have a Grandpa like that.

    • Jim says:

      Ellen,
      Thank You, Have been out each morning for an hour or so but have not observed much new so have only watched and snapped the shutter very few times. Glad that you found a need you wanted and desired in religion. I have no trouble with accepting that others believe different than I. It was the same for me growing up none in my family were followers of any formal religion. In high school I went on my own to churches read the bible but without anyone offering interpretations. Read more and continue to read but never felt anything was missing in my life just desired better understanding always attempting to keep an open mind subject to change. My wife has always been a believer in the christian faith. Meeting with a group of friends to study the bible for years and years. This offered our kids and grandkids the input that will allow them to find their own way I think. Honestly I don’t think I am that granfatherly. I have to work at it. Have watched brothers who seem to be able to play with children so easily. I on the other hand tend to want what we share to be constructive. Thank You for your kind words and sharing your experience in such an open manner. I agree our leaders do seem to have jumped off the deep end. Failing to work together. Strange times for sure…

  3. Brenda Helton says:

    I always enjoy your pictures depicting the beauty of nature. The thought you put into the superheroes shows what a good grandfather you are. The lessons learned from you on the farm will never be forgotten. I am go glad Ronan will benefit from your wisdom.
    I was taken to church at two weeks old & growing up it was a weekly event. I saw so much hypocrisy in our little family church, but one minister’s wife who taught my Sunday school class demonstrated true Christian values. When I read “When Bad Things Happen to Good People” by a Jewish rabbi, my thoughts on religion were crystalized. I believe that every religion has a God that fits that faith and culture–maybe it’s the same God and maybe not. I still attend church because I enjoy the fellowship, the singing, but the closest I have felt to God has been alone in my car, walking through a garden saying a prayer.

    • Jim says:

      Brenda Helton,
      I think all our grandchildren are fortunate to have parents that place them ahead of their own wants and needs. Guiding them the best they know how. I could not ask for more and am very proud of them all. Hope that one day will get to spend more time with Ronan. Such a joy watching him grow even tho it has mostly been through facetime. Thank You for sharing a part of yourself, each of us having their faith derived from personal journey’s to adulthood. The positive thought of prayer is always a good thing no matter the location in my mind…

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