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Among all the flowers that evoke the memories and emotions of war is the red poppy, which became associated with war after the publication of a poem written by Col. John McCrae of Canada. The poem, "In Flander's Field," describes blowing red fields among the battleground of the fallen.
The VFW conducted its first poppy distribution before Memorial Day in 1922, becoming the first veterans' organization to organize a nationwide distribution. The poppy soon was adopted as the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
In Flander's Field
by John McCrae
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow,
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky,
The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead.
Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved and now we lie,
In Flanders Fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw,
The torch, be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us, who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow,
In Flanders Fields.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
low point of view*
This here is my original photo for week 21. I didn't blog it because I wanted to post about Emily. However, I feel like I'm cheating because I didn't take that photo, only "poladroid"ed it ...
I found out how hard it is to sp myself jumping. I am definitely getting old! But it was fun and now the neighbors know how crazy I really am.
I don't know what was more fun... processing this or the jumping.
Friday, May 21, 2010
I wanted to share with you something my 14 year old daughter did. I posted something on FB but I didn't go into detail. She is in Honors English and one of her assignments was to video tape herself doing something that shows her helping others. Her teacher gave them a list of ideas. I think Em went above and beyond the assignment. She used her own money to buy supplies for a school for blind children. On her day off of school this past week she and her bff walked over a mile in the drizzling rain to the grocery store. She bought bleach, paper towels, copy paper, Bounce dryer sheets, etc. Her friend's brother was able to pick them up and gave them a ride to the school. They showed up unannounced. The director was amazed that 2 girls did this by themselves. They were able to take a tour and meet 3 children who weren't in school. Emily just loved one of the little boys.He was full of laughs and smiles. Emily is looking forward to going back.
I will have to find a way to post her video. She is not on a career path for directing. Ha ha!
I can't express how very proud I am of Emily. She could have cleaned up a park or helped someone with yard work. But instead she came up with this idea all on her own. She did not let the lack of transportation stop her or the rain for that matter. She used her hard earned babysitting money on others.
Just when I feel like my hard parenting has done no good, I am reminded by this act of kindness that maybe I have done something right.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
The theme for the week was soft. I can think of all kinds of soft things.... my pillow, the cat, a dandelion puff, cotton balls, a softball... you get the idea. I wanted to capture something that related to the past week, hence this tulip petal. It is part of the bouquet of red roses and white tulips that I was pleasantly surprised when I woke up on my birthday. Mike was so sweet and had them waiting for me on the kitchen table so that I'd see them first thing in the morning.
I took the past week off of work and was extremely disappointed in the weather. It was so cold and rainy. I had planned to go to a few places that were outside. Instead I stayed home and did a lot of running around to and from the kids school. I went to David's track meet and Emily's tennis match. It was nice to do since normally I'm at work. (They are boring though, I must admit. Not at all like football or volleyball.)
So tomorrow I go back to work and I am not ready at all. I need more time off. I'm just really dreading tomorrow.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
You are only young once, but you can be immature for a lifetime. - John P. Grier, originally uploaded by Jen likes to snap pics*.
I went to the bank today and the teller gave me this sticker! Small things make me smile.
So... yeah... I'm taking pictures of myself on my birthday. It is pretty silly, but what the hey. When I'm gone one day, and hopefully not soon, I'm hoping that my photos make someone that I love happy that they found them.
I wanted to post something profound and wise... but those things are not an area that I'm gifted in. I resort to putting stickers on my face.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Spring is my favorite time of year. May is my favorite month. The weather is getting warmer, trees are budding, the tulips have poked through the soil, the beautiful scent of lilacs is in the air, the robin has come back home, spring showers, mud puddles, worms, and the best thing about May.... someone's birthday. ;-)
Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush. ~ Dale Larson