Not My Hertiage.

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I am neither offended nor do I defend the Confederate Flag, but then again I have never been victimized by its biggest supporters: Racist bigots.

I do not understand those who defend it as their heritage?

We are the United States of America, not The Confederate States of America.

This flags heritage has included being flown at KKK rallies, used by neo-nazis and skinheads, and put on a capital building in a certain state as a protest against civil rights.

This is the heritage you want to be proud of?

You want to fly it in your own back yard?
That is one thing and since we live in a free country that is your right…but not on public buildings.
Just as we would not fly a foreign flag on American Government buildings or be okay with the offensive, but legal, Nazi flag flying over public buildings, we should not allow this one to either.

It amazes me that on one hand people will declare (and I agree) that the American Flag is more than just a flag, that it is all so a symbol of our freedom, and then the same people will turn around and say that this flag is only a flag and not a symbol of hate nor a symbol of keeping others oppressed?

Not Taking Sides

At 47 years of age I have come to the conclusion that it is no longer important to try and get people to be on my side and that it does not make one bit of difference if they are.
What matters is that I am on my side.
I do not say this from some over-inflated sense of self-worth or ego.
I do not mean to say people’s opinion of me never matters, it does at times.
I do not think this a bad thing some people’s good opinion is worth having.
I, however, have to live with my decisions and others must live with theirs.
Some people will never be on my side and I will not waste any time in worrying about that.
Those who support me will have my gratitude, but it will not affect my ability to do what I think best.
I will not base my decisions on who may or may not agree with me, but only by what I think is right or what I perceive is the necessary action in the given situation.
I no longer try and prove I am right and the other guy or gal is wrong.
Time usually has a way of sorting things out, if we let it, and if not all the shouting or arguing my side of things will not make people who wish to think ill of me think any better of me than they do now.
When I was younger some things that seemed so important no longer carry any weight.
Time spent worrying about those who do not know me or those who do not really care about me is wasted time and I no longer indulge in that form of self-pity.
The thing that matters is that I surround myself with people who truly care about me and spend less time with those who only seek to create drama and chaos in my life.
The most important question is not whether this person or that person will be on my side but Can I live with myself after I make this decision?
Other people will come and go but I am always stuck with myself and would like the last few years of my life to have as few regrets as possible.

Coraline

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9/18/2015

Today you were born.

There is so much joy in my heart it is hard to put anything into words.

You, see, little Coraline, you were loved well before today.

Each of us waiting saw a glimpse of the future, a future all that much brighter because you’d be in it.

As you grew inside your mom you not only brought the promise of new life you brought the hope of new possibilities.

You are the most important thing that has happened today for all who love you and you have already made the world a better place by coming here.

I want you to remember three things:

You will always be important.

You will always be wanted.

You will always be loved.

Precious one your little light has just started to shine.

It is shining brightly.

May it continue to shine for a long time to come.

Love forever,

Grandma McGimpsey