Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Flag Flying Hodgepodge

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1. The Hodgepodge lands on June 14th this week, Flag Day in the US of A. Do you fly your country's flag at home? Sometimes, often, or every single day? Have you ever visited the city of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia)? Did you make a point of seeing The Betsy Ross House? Have you ever made a trip to Baltimore? If so, was Fort McHenry on your itinerary? (where Francis Scott Key was inspired to write The Star Spangled Banner)

Yes, we fly the flag at our home, pretty much every day unless the weather is bad.  I think I went to Philadelphia as a child but don't remember it very well.  I have only passed through Baltimore on our drive to and from Florida. 

2. Red flag or white flag? Which have you encountered most recently? Explain.

Red flag, since we have some issues that need addressing in terms of my mother-in-law's care.  I'll leave it at that. 

3. Are you a stay in the car listen to the end of a song kind of person? What kind of person is that?

Yes, I will stay in the car to listen to the end of a song.  I know you can listen to any song you want anytime you want these days but there is something special about turning on the radio and hearing a favorite song.  That kind of person gets lost in music, remembering a time that is associated with that particular song. 

4. What are some of the traits or qualities you think a good dad possesses? In other words, what makes a good dad? What's an expression you associate with your father?

A good dad is one who is committed to their family.  One who is a strong leader, protector and a good provider.  One who puts God first and teaches their children that God is most important in their lives.  "You do what you got to do" is an expression I associate with my dad.

5. What's one rule you always disagreed with while growing up? Is that rule somehow still part of your adult life? Is that a good or bad thing?

I had to do my chores (which was usually dusting the furniture in three rooms) before going out with my friends on the weekend.  I don't remember many rules but that is one that I didn't like as I would rather be with my friends as a teenager.  I don't have that rule now but I do clean regularly and that is a good thing ;)

6. Insert your own random thought here.

It has been several weeks since I have participated in the Hodgepodge.  A lot has happened since the beginning of April.  My aunt, who was also one of my best friends whom I spoke to every single day, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away.  She was the only one who regularly read my blog.  Part of me wants to write about it and part of me doesn't.  For now I would like to thank God for answering her prayer of not having to suffer a long illness or become dependent on anyone else to care for her, for the gift of having her in my life, for the many people whose lives were blessed by her, and for the peace knowing she is with the Lord.  She was the person I turned to for advice and she was the biggest encourager to my children.  She always had a kind word and I don't think anyone was a stranger to her.  She smiled and greeted everyone she came in contact with, no matter where she was.  I remember going to the grocery store with her and how she greeted all the workers by name.  It seemed everyone knew her and that was because she always took the time to invest in other people's lives.  She was beautiful inside and out.  I miss her every single day. 


  1. I'm so sorry for the loss of your aunt. A beautiful lady, inside and out.

  2. Your aunt sounds like a wonderful person. I'm so sorry for your loss, Theresa.

  3. Your aunt sounds like a wonderful lady; I'm sorry for the hurt you are experiencing with her passing.

  4. I'm so sorry to read of the loss of your aunt. She was a beautiful woman, and in reading your tribute to her, I can see she was as my mom always said, "Pretty is as pretty does." And it sounds as though she was pretty inside and out.

  5. I'm so sorry for your loss! Your aunt sounds like she was a beautiful person, and we need more like her in this world.
    May God give you comfort.
    Kathy (Reflections)

  6. I enjoyed reading your answers, Theresa. I can imagine how losing your precious aunt, especially suddenly, left a huge hole in your heart....she sounds as close to you as a mother. I think you should write about her, even if you don't publish it right away or even ever. For me, writing down my thoughts and feelings is like therapy...most everything I write, whether serious or silly, it is just something I need to do. Your aunt was just beautiful and I pray the Lord brings comfort as you deal with her loss. Thank you for visiting me today on my blog.

  7. Love your description of a good dad. So sorry to hear about the passing of your aunt. ((Hugs))


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