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In Honor of our Soldiers ~ I Thank You

Updated on May 25, 2013

I’m not one for conflict and I do not like to fight,

But sometimes there are moments when defending’s only right.

You do not ask to go away, but you’re ready, nonetheless.

When your courage is called upon, in fatigues, do you dress.

It’s not a fight you’re looking for, just protection for your love

Family, friends and strangers, the sweet ground and all above.

We worry about your safety while you’re gone, ensuring ours

The only connection we have with you is sharing the same stars.

You were our hero when you drove away,

To protect our freedom for another day.

There’s both fear and pride in our hearts

Each time our soldiers’ plane departs.

Every time the telephone rings

Oh the terror with it brings.

Sometimes, no news is best of all

I cannot bear a soldier’s fall.

But even when you don’t come home

You really haven’t fallen

The simple truth; you’re still needed

But this time, it's God who's callin’

I cannot thank you half enough, for what you do for me

You run into hostile lands and away from your family.

You are the reason I can walk through parks

The reason I hear children laugh and even doggy's bark.

You are the reason I can sit at my table

A family dinner in a home that is stable.

You are to thank for all I can do

For all your dedication, I’m grateful to you.

I’m grateful for your families who let you go and fight

Who missed you on the sunny days and cried for you at night.

You will not be coming home, I will try hard not to fret

For you, my soldier heroes, I NEVER will forget.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a celebration; remembering all the brave and courageous soldiers that have died protecting us, but let us give thanks and honor their memory every day as they do not only fight for us one day a year!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There is nothing more for me to add, Cat! We all owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the military for the job they do....beautiful poem and message my friend.

      bill

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Billy, with nothing to say? Thank you so much... I think if we're going to fight for the world, we need to thank the ones that let us walk it! My message is your message! Thanks Billy :D

      Cat

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      " ...But even when you don’t come home

      You really haven’t fallen

      The simple truth; you’re still needed

      But this time, it's God who's callin’... "

      A five-fingered salute for a moving video,and a great poem.

      It's true,that the first role of a soldier is defence;it sometimes seems unfair,when they are sent to obscure places,for even more obscure reasons at the behest of their political masters,through their various,ambiguous machinations,but there is no doubt in my mind,that some of the finest men and women I've ever met are service personnel.

      You do them great honour,Cat,and should be proud of yourself.

      Yours Sincerely,

      R.Q.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      R.Q.

      Thank you so very much dear! I will tell you this; my brother is Airforce... 14 years and counting. He told me a long time ago that whether or not they agree with war.... it is their duty, honor and privilege, to protect and serve. They don't ask questions... when they sign up to protect us, they accept whatever comes with it.

      Thanks again!

      Yours Sincerely,

      Cat

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Cat, I've gotta share this. . .

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Lovely Tribute and well penned poem.Voted up.I noticed America has lost the service of thousands who are now disabled as a result of recent battle wounds . Many others will need mental and emotional rehabilitation before they can return to normal life.

      No man is a man until he has been a soldier. Louis de Bernieres

      James

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Aww, shan... hey, you beat me to Memorial Day, but I think we make a heck of a team! ... I was just messaging you as you were commenting here, ha... see, it's the sister thing :D

      I know you've got all kinds of things going on over there and I will be there sooner or later... hopefully sooner! Thanks sister!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      James,

      Oh that was beautiful, thank you! Thank you for your wonderful comments too. I suppose some may come home in mind and body, but they have lost their spirit. It's a horrible place to be, but I just might not be afforded the opportunity to kiss the ground I walk on if it were not for them and so... if there must be fighting, I'm grateful they fight for me!

      I see you have a new one up and I will be over ;-)

      Thanks again James!

      Cat

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Message me wheer FB? I'll have to go look.

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Where!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Yuh... FB, in response to the one I missed last night when I passed out :D

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Lay off the booze, girl!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Yeah.... right... I'm too boring for that to be my problem, just old and tired :D (Yeah, I just had to get the spinach out of my teeth... but I'm sure I'll notice more :D )

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Wow girl ! Cat , there is no higher honor to be earned and served ,than that of the patriot , and then for us to honor them forever after thier sacrifice ! You are the most amazing woman to write this ! ...a toast -For those who serve ! ....I have not , but I love them too ....they are the best of us all !....huggy bear! Oh and yur darn right I'm sharin '!

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Haha...I know the feeling! Besides, alcohol would make me too tired to party until I passed out, anyway.

      Should I say instead, take care of yourself and get some sleep!?

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Cat, this is one of the most beautiful poems for Memorial Day that I have ever read! I'm going to share this on Twitter and Google +, because it is very important for us to remember what Memorial Day is all about. I always enjoy a family celebration (with Andy's family) and cookout on the holiday, but those who served and died are what the holiday is all about. Thank you, Cat.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Ed,

      You're beautiful... have I ever told you that? I am honored by your compliments, but my appreication for our soldiers and sharing it, is the least I can do. I know you pay tribute to them often... and I have all of them pinned in their own little special Heroes section. You write of them often... even when it's not Memorial Day, you truly honor them and that is an honor to them and all who love them.

      Thanks Ed!!!

      Hugs,

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      shanmarie,

      Ha ha! Sleep? Never, there is no time for sleeping; there's hubbing to do :D

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Kathryn,

      It's amazing I always have to stop and think where to put that dang 'r' in your name :D

      Thank you so much! I'm flattered... I know this is only one of thousands of tributes out there, but I still wanted to share my appreciation.

      Thank you for the wonderful words, sharing and most of all, your appreciation for our soldiers!

      Cat

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Put the 'r' wherever you want to! It is just enough different than the "Katherine" spelling to give pause. One of my closest friends years ago used to spell it Kathyrn, and it never bothered me. You can call me Krathyn if you'd like!

      I'm happy that you use your talent to pay tribute. It's fantastic!

      You're welcome :) Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

      ~Kathryn

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Well, I would say that sleep is overrated, but then I inevitably pass out, too! Besides, face down on my keyboard is not the most pleasant of positions. ;)

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Kathryn,

      Ha ha... "Before the 'Y' or after the 'Y', that is the question". Hey, my name only has a Y in it when it's NOT Catherine :D ... I keep wanting to do what your friend used to because the Y comes after the 'ath' in my name :D... it shouldn't be this much work :D

      Krathyn, yes... I like that lol

      Thanks again! You too!!!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Ha ha Shan, I fight it as long as I can, but I feel asleep a week ago with my feet up on my filing cabinet in front of my computer and when I woke up a few hours later, I felt like I jumped out of a skyscraper and fell on my tailbone :D

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Ouch! Don't do that. I speak from experience- it hurts like hell! Not the jumping form a skyscraper part, of course, but the landing on the tailbone part. I fell off a bunk bed and landed my tailbone smack on top of the corner of a milkcrate. Also leaned over too far and fallen flat on my back when gravity decided I'd tempted it enough. Knocks the wind outta a person.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Okay, both of those accounts make me say "ouch"!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Oof, that had to hurt! Hey... I tried standing on my spinning desk chair to climb on my desk and hang a picture my daughter made for me... standing on spinning chair, not a good idea... I spun around like the wind and fell violently to the desk where I grabbed for my computer for dear life and just about broke it in two... I started to laugh hysterically once I realized I wasn't going to die, but my daughter had tears in her eyes, ha ha... I'm sick... I'm still laughing thinking about it... remins me of your "leaning over to far" Ha ha... hey, off for dinner, but I'll have to get to that new hub of yours when I get back... and I will!!!

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Forgive me if I laugh hysterically as I read this! Of course, not so much if you were actually hurt.

      One time I was walking across my college campus with a friend of mine. I was wearing a skirt made of one of those sort of sheer materials that had a split half way up the side. All I can say is thank God it was well after midnight and no one else but her was around because I tripped over a bump in the sidewalk and went sliding like I was sliding into home base! I hand my arms strectched out in front of me, thinking "don't drop the CDs!", which weren't mine. I ripped a hole in my panty hose and scraped my knee up fairly well, but I didn't drop the CDs and book in my hand! But, I was laughing so dang hard that all I could do was put my head in my lap and I couldn't even make a sound...you know, one of those times you laugh so hard your shoulders shake and no sound comes out? So, my friend wasn't sure if I was laughing or crying. She finally asked me, "Are you laughing or crying? Because if you're crying I probably shouldn't laugh at you!"

      Enjoy your dinner - the hubs will still be there later!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Yes, shan, like me... I'm sure you would've laughed less hard, had I hurt myself, lol. I've lost friends for laughing at the wrong time :D

      Ha, ha ha... I'm glad to hear your fall broke nothing but your pride because I was laughing before I knew the coast was clear! Ha ha... and I could picture it all the while, nothing better than watching a girl do a homebase dive in a skirt... but we are good at not dropping things in the process aren't we... knees will heal, CDs won't, lol.

      That friend of yours sounds awfully funny... actually I can't help myself; my ex-almost-mother in law... was winding up her garden hose that was stretched across the length of the lawn, it was on one of those wheeled-spool winder uppers, you know? She was cranking and told me to pull the hose in at the same time to make her job easier. Well, I kept my head in the game, I was violently tugging away at the hose, looking intensely at the hose as it entered my sight... next thing I know, the metal gun part is flying out of my hands and toward my mother in law's head!!! In slow motion I was like "shiiiiiiiiiiiit", well, she wobbled, put her hands out in front of her as if trying to grab onto an imaginary rail, bleeding from the forehead and I have all I can do not to bust out laughing... I was doing one of those silent laughs and I said to myself "if you don't ask her if she's okay within like 3 seconds, you're in trouble", but I knew if I opened my mouth, the laughter would come out, so from the side of my mouth I said "u, k?", trying desperately not to make the laughter known... she said "yeah... wow, I thought I was going to pass out, I'm dizzy... and by the way, I know you're laughing" lol, gigs up!

      I'm on my way now!

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Haha! Hard to hide a laugh like that. It shows in the form of a smirk!

      And, yes, we have to be good at not dropping things. I've fallen with my babies in my arms! One time, I was pregnant with my daughter and had my son in my arms, who was about a year and a half at the time. It was raining and I slipped on the paint in the parking lot for a handicap space. They should put a warning sign: slippery when wet - like a floor. Ha! In my mind, I was only thinking about keeping him upright as I fell backwards like I'd stepped on a banana peel. He thought it was funny and wanted to do it again. Me, not so much! But, I'm sure it looked funny.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Ha ha ha! You could've really hurt yourself... I hope you said something to the store people! But, me, yes... I probably would've laughed once I saw you didn't drop your baby. "Do it again mommy" ha ha!

      Yuh... I was staying at my parent's house years ago for a couple days, I was pregnant with one kid, and I mean, pregnant... and carrying a 3 year old down the stairs in the early morning. My parents had dogs that they wanted to keep downstairs and used a baby gate to keep them down. Me and my big Tweety Bird slippers or whatever over-stuffed pair I was wearing, slipped on the first of 13 steps... bang, bang, bang all the way down until I came to a screeching halt when I reached the gate at the bottom. Thought I broke my back and my legs, but didn't drop the kid. When my mother finally woke up (don't know how my crash didn't do it for her)... I told her of my fall and she said, "yeah, I heard something and rolled over and said "Hon, what was that?" ... "Dad said 'Oh, I think Cathy fell down the stairs" pfttt! Nice of someone to check on me... instead, they rolled over and went back to bed :D... no wonder I'm messed up! :D

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Geez, Cat! That's truly horrific! You have me almost holding my breath reading that. . . then you get to the end and make me laugh!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      D'ya ever have a pair of big fluffy stupid slippers that just ask for trouble? Hey, now that I think about it... they've all been Christmas "gifts" from others... you think someone's trying to tell me something? :D

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Great tribute Cat. thank you for sharing this one...and I will as well!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Aw thanks Wayne... I was just thinkin' 'bout how you're one of my most favoritest hubbers in the land of HP :D

      Thanks!

      Cat

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Yes, I"ve also been gifted some big fluffy slippers. They are probably not the best for bouncing down stairs with while pregnant, by the way. Hehe...mine were tazmanian devil...I love Taz and monkeys. People just gave me all kinds of monkey stuffed animals and Taz things. I actually still had all of them until a house fire last fall.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Ah, Taz, monkeys :D ... house fire... no!?! You lost everything?

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Yep. But lost much before that anyway....'t is life.

      On a side note....I"ve bounced down stairs that way too. ..so, if you hadn't said you were very pregnant, I'd have been laughing from the beginning. It sure hurts the bum!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Aw... I'm sorry!

      I have to admit... there is something funny in the vision of you in your taz slippers bouncing down the stairs with an "oh shiiiiiiiiiiiit" look on your face :D

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Cat,

      Pardon,I beg to differ when you said( if there must be fighting, I'm grateful they fight for me).Soldiers are supposed to protect you,but recent wars has shown the opposite .They were rather victims of the ruling elite than heroes .They were overseas to "protect and serve" the capitalists .I am afraid to generalize that all wars are money orientated and there is no other reason. It's all about the ruling elite becoming more powerful, which naturally leads to more money for them. The poor are the collateral damage, sadly there are sections of society that believe it is a good thing to dress up in a uniform, travel to other parts of the world, hurt and harm people that they are told are the enemy. They perform like dancing monkeys and get a strip of cloth to show they are sub servant to their bosses for cash. You'll never change that mentality, just like you'll never stop people from being from over enthusiastic about sports teams....it's really just a game to entertain them yet they argue and fight over it, like it really matters.

      I am sorry to say that.I just spoke my mind.I have no anti-American sentiments ,just dont like shedding blood of the innocent from both sides.

      James

      with much respect.

      Ps.We may not agree on everything,but I do respect your opinions.

      xoxoxoxox

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Hahahaha! Yeah...that would be very funny....but last time I bounced down steps on my but was because of ice on steps outside. Of course, my sore rear had to hit every last step, too!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      James,

      Not at all offended, honestly and though I'm not as eloquent with my words as you, I really agree with most/ if not all of what you said, even if it's somewhat contradictory to my tribute or comments. I hate war, I think war is senseless. The people who decide to go to war, don't "go to war" and they have their own greedy intentions. Those who go to war know it's a possibility, but often sign up to protect and serve to do just that... sometimes war becomes their reality. My brother is Airforce and I was bitching about still "being at war" a couple of years ago, and said it in a way as not to offend him. He quickly became defensive and said that that is a common misconception; soldiers supporting war. He said he doesn't support war, he supports his country. Nothing good comes from war, nothing. In fact, I think we'd be farther ahead if there was no such thing, but I cannot control the government and they will always believe in taking physical action. You would think an intelligent society would have better compromising skills, but we tend to push people around in an attempt to get what we want. I guess my point is, for whatever part of a soldier that simply wants to keep his country and the people in it safe, I am grateful... I'll try to leave fighting out of the equation. And yes, without offending any heroes, there are some who have a not so healthy mentality and love the opportunity for violence, that is beyond what I am attemptint to appreciate. I hope you can make sense of where I'm coming from.

      I respect you and all of your opinions, so never hesitate my dear!

      xoxoxoxoxoxo

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      shanmarie,

      Good thing there's only one LAST step :D

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Yes, that's one way to look at it! LOL Girl, I gotta quit talking to you and clean up my pig pen.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Ha ha... clean away... I suppose I have other hubbers that I should stop neglecting :D

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Heartfelt and moving poem! I like the part about how now it's God who is calling and also the part about sharing the same stars. It makes me think of the song "Somewhere Out There" (from the movie American Tail). Very thoughtful; I hope it comforts people this Memorial Day. ~Lurana

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Thanks Lurana! Now there's a song and movie that's made me cry! I hope so too, I guess it's just my way of letting families know their loved ones aren't forgotten!

      Thanks for coming by!

      Cat

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Oh, Jiminy Cricket, Cat ~ it's nearly an hour later and I'm still talking. Not much accomplished. Oh well, 'twas my day off!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Ha ha ha!!! Yeah, I thought you were supposed to be cleaning your house pig? I bet that little porker's dirty as hell :D

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      I beg your pardon. :-p I'm not the pig. The mud from the downpour that came through here earlier is to blame! Oh, and the little munchkins that need to pick up their toys.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      No... didn't you see how I cleverly turned that into you having a dirty pig? Geesh?!? Blame it on the Rain... you ever heard that song... Milli Vanilli?

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Hahahaha! Milli Vanilli....wow. . .talk about dating yourself.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Well my Cat of many colors how you have moved me with this hub tribute because my best friend, my dad who passed away back in 1992 at 74 from cancer was a veteran of World War II and he was a Canadian soldier for 6 years and landed on the Juno beach during D-Day.

      He even met my mum over in Scotland while on leave from England and they had a romance and married near the end of the war and my mum came over to Canada as a war bride on the famous Queen Mary ship - and then they had a 15 year honeymoon before wee Colin came along.

      Naturally my dad was a history buff in civilian life and even wrote memoirs of his experiences in the war. He would have loved you and he would have loved your writing here. So that is what your passionate hub did to me - it made me reminisce about old times. Thank you Cat for bringing these emotions out of me tonight.

      lake erie time 10:39pm I just witnessed the most beautiful full moon over the lake just now and Little Tiffy followed me across the road to watch it with me

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Oh Dearest Colin,

      I am deeply honored and touched! Thank you so much for sharing with me. This no doubt helps explain where you get some of your wonderful colors from. What a hero your father is! I am so impressed! WWII and D-Day? You must've been so proud to have such an interesting, brave and courageous father... and the pride must continue, I am proud!

      Your mother is Scottish? How awesome?!? And what a romance they two must have had!!! No wonder you have such romantic bones in your body! A 15 year honeymoon; wow, that's unheard of! A war bride on the Queen Mary ship? My goodness, Colin, you could write a book! I'm so impressed! I'm sure you cherish those memoirs... they must be so interesting, I love those sorts of things, but being your father, how much more special that must be!

      Thank you so much for your beautiful compliments Colin, I think you have honored me more than I have soldiers! You are truly a wonderful friend and I appreciate so much your sharing.

      Hugs and kisses to the one and only Colin and his adorable, special little kitties.

      Your Cat

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      My Great Uncle Norman,on my Mum's side was a Queen's Grenadier guard(a very special type of soldier in Her Britannic Majesty's Regiment,who was invited every year to Buckingham Palace for the annual party),was also fighting on the beaches at Normandy against Nazi tyranny,in Southern France,during that campaign during WWII,so who knows?They may have even bumped into each other(Surname was Turner,I think).

      Yours Sincerely,

      R.Q.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      R.Q.

      Wow, that's absolutely impressive... either my family has boring history, or I've got some learning to do! Buckingham Palace? Fighting on the beaches of Normandy? Nazi tyranny? That's all very fascinating! Thanks for sharing and I'm sure Colin will too!

      Yours Sincerely,

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Oh and shan... I didn't miss you up there sweetie, I just had to take a moment to absorb Colin's beautiful story :-)

      Milli Vanill, ha! Anyone too young, won't know what I"m talking about and anyone who knows... is as old as I am :D

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Very moving and lovely tribute. My dad was in the U.S. Army, and fought in both the Korean and Vietnam wars, and I know people like to call them conflicts now, but as I child (although my dad did come back alive). I heard him suffering and reliving those battles in the middle of the night, and believe me they were wars! So, even those who come back alive, their minds are battled-scarred. I wrote a poem about it A Soldier's Child. PTSD is a terrible thing, not only for the soldiers who do return, but for their families.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Faith Reaper,

      Thank you so much, it truly means a lot. I know war/conflict is something of a controversial issue, but so long as soldier risk their lives to protect and serve ours, I will be grateful and honor them. I absolutely understand where you're coming from. From the things I have heard over the years, especially with the Vietnam war, not many, if any came away unscathed. I can't imagine what it must've been like to attempt resuming a "normal" life after experiencing what he and so many others had. I am grateful for all; those who never come home, the surviving familes and those who come home alive, but not unwounded.

      Thank you so much for your wonderful comments and I will certainly be reading your hub "A Soldier's Child".

      Thanks again and God bless,

      Cat

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      What do you want me to say? As a faithful fan, you know you have admirably touched a subject dear to me. So thank you.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Gee Martin, that must be the sweetest thing you've ever said to me. I'm going to tuck it away in my pocket for future reference :-)

      Thank you so much, I'm truly honored!

      Your equally faithful fan,

      Cat

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Cat,

      I know that your poem was about something else,but I just commented on the last words of your comment.I am not saying that all soldiers are cold machines and paid killers.Take Humberto Mendoza a brave soldier who served in Iraq,he disobeyed an order to kill Iraqi women and children during the massacre in Haditha which left 24 people dead in 2005 .This is the site where I read it.I am proud of him. http://infowars.net/articles/august2007/310807Slau...

      Now,I am not sure if you heard what is going on in UK supreme court.British troops are facing fresh charges of Iraq war torture and killings.

      Sorry once again.I found you broadminded that is why I m discussing this issue.I rarely do this..you really are so different and beautiful the way you are.

      With much respect and love.I hope I didnt offend anybody here.

      Many blessings to you.

      James

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Really beautiful tribute to our soldiers. So good of you to remember them and Memorial Day this weekend. Your poem is beautiful and wonderful and brings tears to my eyes. Many years ago I was a civilian working for the military and I know and understand what military families go through. Each one of them should read your beautiful tribute.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Cat,

      What a perfect sentiment for you to share this Memorial Day. There are so many men and women who choose (not drafted) to serve their country so that we can be safe. Thank You. Voted Up and Awesome.

      Kim

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Cat, my sweet friend with the soft heart - this brought a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye!

      Between you and plumber-boy's true patriotism - i actually think there may be hope..lol..

      as far as what James said - sadly - i must agree with him as well!

      WAR is not something to be won or lost anymore- it is simply a business, and it's SO wrong that young people are being killed everyday - for basically - F**K all!..

      we go where the oil is -period - money drives our 'wars' - not altruism anymore..

      war is basically just a 'presence' which may or may not instill some semblance of 'peace' while they're there, but - look at Iraq - it's going to end up in WORSE condition than it was BEFORE and - how many of our children died there? afghanistan? same thing..

      We don't have wars anymore - we have 'religious' terrorism taking over the world - cause - they can!

      They fight dirty - we fight clean - UMMMMM....it has not been a fair fight since the first hi-jacking of the first airplane back in the 1970's..

      we're losing, and yet - we repeat the same mistakes using our children's lives..

      sigh..

      i could go on and mention how many of our 'brave' men and women are FORCED to join the military because it is their only open avenue in life..

      But - it's memorial day - so - I won't..

      sigh again...

      beautiful poem that displays your incredible talent and heart!

      sharing

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      Dexi 4 years ago from New England

      Beautiful! Memorial Day is for memories and for being thankful for our freedom. Thanks for sharing in such a beautiful way!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Greetings from the Home of the Worlds largest Military Fleet, San Diego. Thank you for honoring our friends, families and Neighbors.

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      Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Such a beautiful tribute to those who protect us and give us the freedoms we enjoy. My father was a WWII fighter pilot. He almost died a couple of times when his plane was hit by enemy fire. Just as Colin said of his dad, my father shared many of experiences of war. God Bless you for writing this wonderful poem for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      James,

      Thank you James and soldiers like Humberto Mendoza are heroes on another level.

      I can honestly and reluctantly say I wasn’t aware of the charges against the British troops and I only hope, justice is served and an example made.

      I would like to consider myself broadminded, so thank you for that assumption and please, always feel free to share as you always have and never apologize in the process ;-)

      Anyone who knows you should not be offended as you are about justice, not ignorance and that is a noble virtue.

      Much respect and love to you James and as always, your presence is appreciated and enjoyed.

      Many blessings to you.

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      suzettenaples,

      Thank you so much! Thank you for remembering our soldiers and I’m honored my poem touched you! Your working for the military, no doubt added to your appreciation for all that they do and I’m sure they appreciated you as well! Thank you, again for your wonderful compliments and stopping to share them!

      Thank you,

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Kim,

      Aw, thank you! I can certainly appreciate these men and women’s courage and selflessness too! Thank you for your appreciation and the visit!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Leslie,

      Oh it must Christmas; what a gift you are :D

      …yes, plumber-boy has an obvious appreciation for all service members and his patriotism is inspiring… I see he has some new hubs waiting that I will certainly be getting to today!

      James has a wonderful heart and he does not sit back in silence, which I certainly appreciate.

      Oh Leslie, I couldn’t agree with you more… I can’t stand hearing about another young person killed in the line of duty… after our “war on terrorism” was underway and ridiculously dragged out… I quickly became irritated with the growing number of deaths as it is COMPLETLEY unnecessary and asinine.

      You’re so right and it’s said that we use these children as pawns in our game of greed and by “our” I mean THEM, those cowards!

      I hate the idea of war and everything it stands for, but so long as there is war or “conflict” and our neighbor’s sons and daughters defend our “freedom”, I must support them and the sad truth is they get a lot of flak from a lot of people, most of our soldiers don’t ask to go to war, they just honor their duties and they do it with a braveness!

      ‘Religious’ terrorism, ain’t that the truth? What has this world come to? We cowl down when we should stand up and defend ourselves but yet bully in the name of greed?!?

      Thank you Leslie, I am honored by your visit and your always beautiful opinions about the ugly truths! You my dear, are an angel and I love you!

      Thanks nice lady!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      DexisView,

      Thank you very much! I’m so happy you enjoyed it and are thankful yourself, thank you for stopping by!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Sir Eric,

      I am more than honored by your visit and I thank you for your patriotism!

      Thanks again,

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Minnetonka Twin,

      Wow, a WWII fighter pilot; you must be so proud! I thank your father and your family, for when a loved one goes to war, we go with them. I’m so happy your father made it home! God Bless you and I am very touched by your response.

      Thanks again,

      Cat

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Cat,

      Good morning there !:)

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Cat, after I get done boring folks with my sermon, my son and I will drive through the Military's newest graveyard at Miramar, And then out past Point Loma to one of the largest at Cabrillo. He is young but he will begin to learn today what honor is and what a great man said: There is no greater love than when a man gives his life for another. We celebrate no death, we celebrate lives.

      We say out here: As He died to make men Holy, let us die to make men free.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Cat, this on blew me away. You are an awesome writer and this is a subject that has a special place in my heart. I have a real soft spot for those that sacrifice so that the rest of us can live with relative freedom. Like you, I am rememembering them all on this Memorial Day and sharing your beautiful tribute.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Did you know that Donny Osmond had a song called

      Soldier of Love?

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Fro you, Epi and Cat if she's interested: http://countrymusicnotes.blogspot.com/2012/08/nath...

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      James,

      Good morning to you, my dear friend! I hope you are having a wonderful day! ;-)

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Ericdierker,

      Boring folks with your sermon; hogwash! I can imagine your sermons are equally as beautiful as you! What an afternoon you have in store and how wonderful! It will be a special day, and one that will bring memories for years to come! Absolutely beautiful Eric and you’re right; we are not mourning death, but celebrating lives! Thank you for sharing, you’ve made this day more special, as you do every day! :-)

      Hugs to you and yours!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      lrc7815,

      I am so touched, thank you! It is a wondrous sacrifice and one for which I am equally grateful! Thank you so much for your beautiful comments! (on a side note… I have your “Taking Chances…” hub opened for 2 days, but please forgive my easily distracted, ADD-like behavior :-) I have read much of it and am more than enjoying the read in which, I am returning to post haste!)

      Thanks again,

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Good morning, dearest Colin... no, I did not know that... I shall check it out. I hope the sun is shining for you, as I sent it over your way again! :D

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Mornings sister shan! Of course I care... I'm on my way! :D

      What's with the fro? You saying I have a bad case of bedhead this morning? Or do you have spinach in your teeth? :D

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      I know you care, sister dear! I meant, I didn't know if you'ld be interested. Epi mentioned Donny Osmond, which reminded me of Donny's nephew, whom I've interviewed. And that link is a a link to one of his videos about soldiers. If you want to see the interview, you'll have to click on the link within the highlighted name, but it is the song that I was reminded of at the mention of Osmond as it relates to your hub.

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      dreamseeker2 4 years ago

      Awesome hub and tribute to those who go out and protect us from afar and on our soil each day, Cat! For those whose lives were lost bravely in a fight so unwelcome by the mass. What a wonderful way to celebrate through tribute to the up and coming holiday. : ) Thanks for your reminder! Voted it up, of course!!

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Spinach in my teeth, my dear. Now, though, I fear that it appears much like a big gaping hole in my mouth from laughing at the notion of your bedhead fro! So, as you point and stare at my spinach, so shall I at your fro! :-p

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Shanmarie,

      Not only was it beautiful, but I passed it on and attempted to subscribe! I will definitely be back there; it’s wonderful!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Dreamseeker2,

      Thank you so much girly! I truly appreciate your comments and I’m honored you enjoyed this! This is the least I could do considering these brave soldiers afford me the freedom to sit at my computer without having to look over my shoulder in fear. I know you have a new beauty waiting as I’ve seen it in my inbox and I am anxious to get over there! :D

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing such awesome comments!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      shan, are you really going to start my day today how you finished my day last night? I'm laughing already... what a pair we make, well with me and my fro and you and your spinach :D

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Laughter is the best medicine. . . but I've also been told that if one more or less laughs for no reason, one needs medicine. :-p Glad to be of service! Haha

      Thank you for subscribing. That really is a beautiful story, isn't it? I love learning the stories behind songs and videos, especially ones like that.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Well ain't that the truth!!! :D

      The medicated part is still in question ;-) ... though I choose not to medicate, despite others recommendations :D

      Yes, it is a beautiful story and had I not been so backed up, I would've spent more time there, but that should be remedied now that I am subscribed ;-) I like the story behind the music as well and I look forward to reading more!

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Oh, Dear Kitty Cat....at first glance, that photo of you appears to be in a padded room. ;) They're coming to take you away. . .haha. . .hoho. .. hehe! Will you be happy to see those nice young men in their long white coats?

      Yeah...I hear ya on the meds thing...but then again, I never claimed to be sane.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ...if you sent your 'kind' self over my way you could put your lovely perfect little feet on my sandbar out in the lake ..... as I am doing right now.

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      By the way, there is spinach in your teeth this time! Where? I shall not say. :-p

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Oh, dear Colin... I saw your name in my mailbox and I am anxiously trying to come your way as I see you have a new jewel up!!! I shall be over in just a moment... forgive me, as it usually never takes me so long :-(

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      shan,

      No!!! I am terrified of the men in white coats, ha ha...

      Spinach, where? How dare you withhold!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Come quick my Cat for I am waiting over here anxiously with bated breath and deep bags under my eyes ..... I think I am suffering from cat-withdrawal symptoms

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Ha ha ha!!! I was a irresponsible girl and stayed up until almost 5:00 last night... or should I say, this morning... I slept embarrassingly late and then was forced to make my daughter brunch :D ... my son is away with my parents in W. Virginia visiting my brother and so I am down a child :D

      I finally made it over your way... but I know I am still very behind... let me suck down some sugar and I shall catch up :D

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Oh, :D

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Oh? ha ha, that's all you have to say... no pointing out of the spinach yet?

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      It's just a minor one. Guess I was checking to see how sharp your eyesight is. Apparently not that great, see. You let me say that I am remindeded or something like that!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      I must admit I'm anti-war in my heart, but I've the greatest respect and love for the brave folks who are willing to 'do it' when called upon. Their families must be supported, and they, themselves, especially if they come back and need it! Vets were always given privileges in 'my day': education support, home loans, health benefits, economical commissary shopping, etc. What a pity when they're neglected or ignored! That's a travesty!

      So thank you for the poetic honor to our service men - all services!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Nellieanna,

      Admitting to me anti-war at heart, is, in my opinion admirable. I too am anti-war, unfortunately that will never change the fact that war will always be and if it must be, then I will thank those who courageously attempt to protect us, but never the ones who send them there.

      I too think the families of soldiers are important and should be supported as they give of themselves too. I shudder to think of those who have unselfeshly given of themselves and find themselves broken and/or homeless, among other things.

      Thank you so much for your wonderful contribution and compliments; I am truly honored!

      Cat

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      My little poem today - I wrote after reading this beauty ! Cat ....Hugs . oh and by the way I would spoon feed you and shanmarie spinach anytime !....hehehehe

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Ed! I can eat my own spinach, thank you! I just might not be too attractive because of that big gaping hole it looks like as I laugh at Cat's fro.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Ed,

      Aw, well if that ain't right out of a romance novel? :D

      Thank you, you have a great heard and wonderful writing! I'm honored to be a witness to it all.

      Spinach is our secret code for typographical error... oh, I guess the secret's out now :D

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Yeah, Ed, she does eat a lot of spinach, especially when she's tired :D

      My fro again! :D

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Oh god Cat , I must have all spinach teeth then !

      Hi Shanmarie , I didn't mean to encourage typos , LOL

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Okay ladies , so romance you want , A scented candle burning softly , music in the background , a massage and bath tub , bathbeads and me standing ,with a head of spinach !........HUH , .....hey Im a guy , I don't get stuff !

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Ed has a great heard? Whose got spinach now?!

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Gee, Ed, that's the most romantic thing I've ever heard! A head of spinach - just what every girl wants.

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Shan , Men are from mars -woman are from venus ......lol, hey they can't grow spinach on either place ! Do you still love me ?.....:-}

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Ed... ha ha ha... romantically funny?

      Hey, don't blame yourself for being clueless, granted, most guys are, but this spinach thing... this was something of an inside joke... how could you know? :D

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      I love inside jokes. . .I realize they can be somewhat of a turn off to those not in on it, but kind of a silly thing that creates bonds and memories.

      Ed, I love everyone. :) My heart knows no hate.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      The world is an inside joke; I'm always wandering around lost and confused... did I miss something :D

      Aw shan, that was touching! :-)

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      LOL. Thanks. What purpose does hate really serve? Poisons the person hating.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Yup and the hated doesn't have the pain in their heart that the hater does. It's foolish.

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      Abby Campbell 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      BEAUTIFUL, Cat! Thank you for sharing this. Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. :-)

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Thank you Abby! I really appreciate the visit and the compliment. Have a great Memorial Day weekend yourself!

      Thanks again,

      Cat

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      PADDYBOY60 4 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      Thank you for writing this. I usually write and prefer humorous poetry, but this was beautiful. Thanks.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      PADDYBOY60,

      Thank you! I love me some humorous poetry, sounds like I'm gonna have to head your way! Thanks again.

      Cat

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Sure, sure - i turn my back for a split second, and my Cowboy is chattin' up all the ladies!

      S'ok - i love these ladies tooooo...

      lol

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Oh Leslie darlin , stop it ,you know I luv ya ! You girls all confuse me -time to ride off into the sunset !.....hehehehh...Ed

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Aw, Leslie, we love you too! Ed's just a flirt - he said he can't help it. Haha

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Ha ha, Leslie... you know how those cowboys are! :D Be gentle... look, you're confusing the poor wrangler ;-)

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      lol..he does the 'aw, shucks cowboy' to perfection. How can we girls possibly resist?

      haha

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Ahh Shucks , you girls are a gonna make me blush , in my best john wayne imitation" Well I'm gonna ride me a woman and kiss me a purty hoss !".............:-}

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Cat - - At the risk of being too serious at this point: Amen to the honoring of the men and women who go to likely death or maiming of mind and/or body. I'm a pacifist at heart; and it is "heart" involved when I see young folks' lives sacrificed in war and feel gratitude and sympathy, and shed tears for them and theirs.

      Their motives (and/or choices) for doing so might justifiably come under question, - as anyone's motives and/or choices in life might. Memorial Day doesn't seem the best day out of 365 to attempt to shine the spotlights on those of our brothers-and-sisters-in-arms, nor to attempt to sort out the wheat from the chaff among them, if, indeed, any qualifies.

      Shan't we - can't we - simply join hearts in paying honor due on this one day to these brave (and often too young to be clear about the risks or to be malevolently motivated) folks who believe they're protecting our shores; . . . which have, after all, been pretty well protected, when all is said and done, for these 237 years of our young nation's life and through its growing pains, - and during the service of many who have been on vigilant duty.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Nellieanna,

      'At the risk of being too serious..." - only does my page need such a disclaimer :D

      I hate the idea of war, I do, but war will continue to exist and unfortunately, someone needs to go. The soldiers and their families are the heroes and the ones whose lives are affected, not the people so selfishly sending them off to war.

      My brother is Airforce, almost 15 years and he is against war, but he's for his country and when he's called upon, he goes. He says it's a common misconception many people hold that all soldiers support war, he says, he does not, nor do many others. This, to me, makes it only more sad.

      I absolutely hear what you're saying and I second that notion!

      Some people choose military because they find it noble and others just simply can't find a better opportunity than the gold our government promises. Like you said, so many are young and don't have those fine-tuning analytical skills yet.

      I think 'Thank you' every day, but I will say 'Thank You' today!

      Thank you Nellieanna, as you add so much depth to any conversation!

      Cat

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      For what it is worth, I (and I think many other Americans) agree with that notion. But, like you, Cat, I have family that are and that have been servicemembers for various reasons, so I can support what you both have to say. Seems many others do as well.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      shanmarie,

      I think most of us have the same "bittersweet" kind of feelings toward all of this. Who loves war, maybe an adrenaline junkie or someone with seriously violent tendencies, but disliking war, doesn't make it go away. So, if there is war and there are men and women who answer the call of duty and attempt to protect us and our country, then I will honor them.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Yes, Cat and Thanks!

      It's a matter of record that my dad was reared Mennonite, which group forbids members taking up arms; but for WWI, Dad decided to go when called, not as 'conscientious objector', which would have satisfied his church's requirement, but as any other soldier called up for military duty. He felt strongly that his own ethics demanded that he be willing to perform the job and service for which he'd be paid, - without reservations. As a result, his church excommunicated him and he never set foot in it again, though there were no personal hard feelings and he abided by its moral tenets all his life. Mother's family members, on the other hand, fought in the American Revolution, as well as most all the wars following that.

      My brother and brothers-in-law participated actively on-duty throughout WWII in various military services & in actual historic battles of the war, as did my George. Many of my own closest friends and associates have been military in wars since then. Yet I can never recall any one of these people holding forth on any virtues of war or arms - or ever boasting of their own involvements! I don't recall any of them expressing hatred of enemies, either. It was duty to their own country, not preference or personal vindictivness, which held them to it. As others here have said, they responded when called up because it was right and their duty, which they did to the best of their abilities.

      I suppose the same could be said for Hitler's armies and for the Roman armies and for all the armies from time immemorial. Does this make it "right"? I am not judge or arbiter. To me, what seems right us to earnestly avert war, starting at the basic sources . . which grow in the seeds of hard hearts, selfishness & primitive fears. It's reflected in how we actually treat others, whether or not we go off to fight on foreign shores. We all share in those seeds where we can avert them. But responsibility for declared wars is not in the people who must go forth to face the dangers it sets off, but rather, in those leaders who are unable to or unwilling to avert them or who yield to the pressures of militants in the society. At least, that's how it seems to me.

      Of course, I'm well aware that it's many times easier to second-guess folks whose responsibilities have been called upon other than one's own. Still, each individual can show tolerance and exemplify a peaceful disposition. Just think what a power it would be if 'just individuals' WERE honestly peaceful in all they think and do! Otherwise, why try to nip it in the bud after the buds have blossomed into a jungle?

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Nellieanna,

      Wow, what a response! I suppose each group of any kind is entitled to their rules, rights, standards, beliefs, etc. but that's unfortunate that a noble decision your father made, also resulted in his being excommunicated. Obviously, I wasn't around in those times, but there were a lot less options available and I assume that it was very common for most men to do some stint in the military and potential be involved in some war or other. I don't generally believe most sign up for the military with the hopes of going to war and much of what they do aside from their wartime, is important, such as aiding in natural disasters, for one example.

      As I'm sure you and your family understand, war is a fact of life, at least now and it the past. I would like to see this change but for the time being we're stuck with it. I don't blame anyone for signing up for the military; I shake their hand and if they should be called away in wartime efforts than so be it and I thank them for risking their life to protect mine.

      That Hitler bit certainly made me think, wow. I suppose that's true... though the extent of violence that has been evident in many of these other cases, probably bothers me than the idea of their ideology to begin with. With that said, I suppose we've been guilty of extreme violence as well. I hope there is such a thing as a soldier with a conscious and I hope it's the majority.

      I have to wonder, for those that give our soldiers no support and maybe even flak; how would they respond outside of war if they were tested? If war was brought into our homes and we were asked to risk our lives for a neighbor... who would do it?

      Tolerance is the word, we don't have to like or approve of anything, but we should learn to tolerate it. Imagine the world then.

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Pardon me, since you're in the middle of a rather deep discussion here, but OMG, Cat! I just sent you a link to a song. I suppose it relates here, but I know you'll appreciate it either way. I'm in tears. I've gotta interview that guy...need the story behind that song! Must get my act together now. . .

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      I just listened to it and wow, yes, it's beautifully awesome... please, track him down and get that interview, I'd love to read it. Contact him, let me know how you make out :D

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Could you understand all of the lyrics? I had some trouble with part of the chorus and a line in the second verse. Isn't that just like a rock song? Sometimes I think I would to be so much affected by the lyrics if the music weren't with it. LOL. Dang singing and instruments :-p

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Forgive the spinach I'm sure you'll point out to me. ;)

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      No, I know I definitely missed some of the lyrics... another thing you could include in your blog with your interview :D You know how many times I've sang along to a song for years and then have the lyrics in front of me and said 'Oh, that's what they're saying?' :D

      Hmmm.... you're lucky I'm scatter brained tonight, I probably couldn't catch an error if it were highlighted and bold :D ... I'm probably running around with tons of spinach in my teeth tonight :D (for instance... scatter brain... one word or two, is there a hyphen or not, did I just spell hyphen wrong?) Too lazy to check tonight, too tired to care :D

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Thanks for the response, Cat. You certainly made some valid points. Tolerance is certainly a major key to peace.

      I have to smile. No you weren't around then. I wasn't around then! WWI began 99 years ago. (My dad was born in 1890 and Mother, in 1892!)

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Nellieanna,

      I know you're a smart lady, but I hope you're not being a smart donkey? :D

      By the way... notice how "I" won't leave shanmarie alone? Hmpfh! :D

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh - was about to ask for a translation for "smart donkey" when it occurred to me! Talk about being tired and blblblblblbl . . . .!!

      No, - I can think of nothing I said or intended which was smart-assed! What did you have in mind? I'm not too sharp t'night.

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Hahaha! For instance. . .para bailar la bomba...I can see it now....excellent job Mr. Bobby McIntyre..."I'll Be Your Hero" made me ball like a baby and I don't even understand half the words!

      I came across a hub the other day about what the lyrics really are of some famous songs. Was amusing to read what they were as compared to what people mistook them for.

      Well, I definitely have more spinach in my teeth on FB than here, but sometimes, I guess, just gotta say, "oh well" and let it be. My browser isn't correcting the spelling of scatterbrained as one word, so I guess it is one word. :-p

      Gotta go make Potty Knuckles and Butt Face apologize to eachother again so that they will go to sleep. School tomorrow and they're still up. I should read them your poem and tell them what sibling love is really all about. ;) Do they even still make Zebra Stripes gum?

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Hrmpfff indeed! LOLOLOLOLOL Way to leave that one hanging. See, you did say I'm arrogant. :p-

      She's being the smartass tonight, Nellieanna! Hahaha.....but I think she meant your quip about not being around then either. hehe but maybe you were just being sarcastic and we're all tired.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Nellieanna,

      Ha ha... Gee, something told me you'd be the kind of lady that would throw a hand over your mouth squawking 'Well, I never' or 'Horse Feathers' or something to that extent, should I have opted for the PG-7 choice word ass :D

      No, I meant, were you implying that I was ignorant enough to think you were alive that long ago, especially me, the lady who suggested just yesterday that you were in your 30s?

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      para bailar la bomba? What's that honey? Are you trying to say something but you've got a mouth full of spinach? :D

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Yes, I believe you are talking about a hub done by SoundNFury? I read one recently by her, I think it was... funny nonetheless :D

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Oh, come on....you know the song! Everyone thinks lyrics are "la la la la la la bamba" but they are actually "para bailar la bamba", which means to dance the bamba in Spanish...assuming I am spelling bamba right. Can't even keep spinach out of my teeth in Spanish!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Yes, I do believe they still make Zebra Stripe gum still, but it's one of those bottom shelf, mom and pop store kind of things. Remember Big League Chew? :D

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Oh, duh, La Bamba... Ritchie Valens? Yeah, now I know and I took french anyway :D

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Ew. gross yes. What is so attractive about allowing children to mimic chewing tobacco?! Hahaha

      Yeah....it's instuctions on how to do the folk dance....para bailar la bamba se necesita una poca de gracia translates as in order to dance the bamba you need to have a little grace.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Gee, you think that's gross? What about the bubble gum cigars and candy cigarettes my brothers and I used to fight over? Hey look, if you blow into the candy cigarette, it looks like we're smoking :D

      Ohh, gotcha. Hey, did I mention I live in New York and in gym class back in Middle School, they teach us how to Square Dance and Line Dance, what on Earth would a New Yorker need those skills for?

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Yeah...the cigarette gum...I remember that too.

      Haha....I grew up in IL and had to learn those things in gym class, too. The waltz and how to square dance...the electric slide....a few other slightly embarrassing ones now. :D

      But, why throw that mention in ever so slyly? You callin' us Texans hillbillies? hehe

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      The Waltz??? What the heck! I guess there's no need for waltzing in New York... yeah, they'd probably charge a tax for it :D

      Oh my goodness, I hate that damn electric slide, the first group dance I've ever seen, attempted dozens of times, but always look like I'm trying to throw something over my shoulder and a step behind whenever I do it :D, but I can do the chicken dance and Macarana :D

      Hillbilly, no... hey I like to chew on some good straw sometimes too, though it's a little hard, you know, having a full set of teeth :D

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Yeah...the Macarana was one that I was not mentioning. Oh, girly, you're in a bit of a vicious mood tonight, "ain't" ya? Throwing me to the sharks for a little payback. And, I can't dance. Period. Especially line dancing...I look much the same...trip over my own feet. hehe. But it always looks so fun! I'd like to learn to salsa and some other ballroom-type dances.

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Well, since you asked. Got an email response already....Nashville doesn't like the rock sound to that song, but that's part of its appeal, I think.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      No, I'm playing :D Hey, it's been a long weekend... just letting it all out now! :D

      It's the darned boots with the long pointy toe that's the problem, try it in sneakers :D

      I would like to learn how to do all kinds too, I think I can violently shake to pop music, but I want the classics :D

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Yes, so do I! You know how many country stars' songs have made it onto pop stations because of their ability to sound just a little different? I could easily name a dozen.

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Pop, yes. Rock, not so much....This is reminiscent of some older rock tunes, I think. Power ballad. Hehe

      Violently shake? This I must see!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      True about the pop, but yeah... I grew up on oldies country and there was definitely some rock to that stuff.

      Lol :D

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      A lot of the modern country has either an oldie rock feel to it or a pop-like feel to it. I grew up listening to oldies from the 50s and up....you can see influences in various music genres from past generations and from other genres.

      Well, since you are usually so worried about whether or not you've left me hanging...guess it is only fair to tell you goodnight and not leave you hanging. I'm off to bed - unless I can't sleep and find myself wide awake later.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Yes, 50's and up here too! I love that old stuff. I'll keep it short so you can go to bed. Thanks a bunch sis, I really appreciate that. I'm glad we got to catch up today. Ha ha... I know, back to school in the morning! Ahhh! :D

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      Derek 4 years ago from Harper's Ferry

      Sorry, I never get on here. Maybe a little more now that I have a break from school (till August). Very good poem, I always appreciate and respect the kind words towards the military. Not everone has that same opinion. There are still those extreme anti-military views...even by our own US citizens, look back in the 'Nam era when they were regularly greeted at home with spit and other not so pleasant words. At least we have come a long way. Thanks again for your hub, and I still serve with honor and appreciation for those that have served before me, and those that continue to lay their lives down for the rest of our freedoms.

      Love,

      Derek

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Oh Brother Bear!!!

      I was just extending my figure to the power button and your notification came in! If ever you get time, there are some references to you in some of the above comments and I have to give credit where credit is due; even those who are not in support of war, were more than gracious and appreciative. Over the last day or so, I saw a lot of beautiful things said about our soldiers and their families and so you have been in my mind even more than usual. Thank you for coming by and I hope you had a good Memorial Day weekend with our parents and my kid :D ... he's anxious to fill me in on all the details! You're right about the Vietnam thing and I do think we've gotten further, but so long as there is war, there will be anti-war. What you said was awesome Derek! I'm proud of you :D

      Love your sis,

      Cat

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Cat. Didn't I tell you that 'the truth will always out'? Uh-huh. Oherwise, please kindly 'splain how you could fix my age at 30 one minute and then figure me as a lady who'd throw her hand over her mouth, saying "Well I never!" and be affronted! Or, are they making gals in their 30s now the way they made them in 1900? Horse feathers!! ;-)

      OK, I admit to not being much of a stereotype. I realized that when I entered a chatroom for senior citizens when I was 65, only to be rejected by one of the dowagers because she was sure I was 22 and just had a thing for old guys! :-) I did pick up the snail's pace somewhat in there, but it was probably mostly due to my fast typing and quick retort.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Nellieanna,

      Oh my goodness, you're a sharp cookie! What do I say to that? Okay, maybe age wasn't so much the factor as was your gender? I tend to slip a naughty word out from time to time and the lady folk don't generally tend to appreciate it. You're too funny! You just appear to be a classy broad, not to be confused with a shrewd.

      Ha ha! Well what on earth are you doing in a chat room for senior citizens for anyway? Are you trying to set these people up for a stroke? You are particularly quick-witted, spunky, a heck of a typer, especially considering typewriters don't have as forgiving keys as a computer, and a quicker retort than any other! I just think you're a heck of a treat... I really do need to get over and explore more of your hubs as I'm sure that I will just find them all simply entertaining!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      That would depend on how easily you're entertained, I'm sure. :-)

      The answer to your question is that I've been a senior citizen from the first day I got online in 1997 - full fledged, AARP-card-carrying, SS and Medicare-card carrying senior citizen.

      When I began online, the only options were the chatrooms. I visited many chatrooms, and started my own, called "A Room With A View" where we had a lot of fun. I also started my own webpage that year and worked my way out of chatroom-life soon after. I don't frequent any age-defined places now, on or offline.

      I'm a heck of a techie too, now that I've learned the ropes. . . tee hee.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      In all fairness, I did first wonder what a 'smart donkey' might be! These are not part of my usual vocabulary, which is so adequate, I guess, that I seldom seem to need them; but it's personal preference, rather than age or gender;. . . well, maybe a little age, since when I was growing up, they were not used around ladies or by them. We got on fine and managed to get our points across. ;-D - heh heh. But they're words in use and I'm not frightened or offended by them. Besides, I like movies and books and they're full of them, like the air!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Nellieanna,

      Ha ha ha! You certainly give a colorful spin to the concept of senior citizen.

      I remember those days too, when the internet was primarily chatrooms, what a 'new' concept at the time. "A Room With A View", wow you really are innovative and creative.

      Not that it was inappropriate, as I was only joking before, but you shouldn't be confined to any "age-defining" places, you've got too much to offer people of all ages.

      I must hand it to you. My father wasn't able to turn on a computer until 2000 and he violently pokes at the keys now, even more than a decade later, as if he at battle with them. It is pitiful really. Unfortuantely, he is so much further beyond my mother, who still cannot turn on a computer. I can get a taste of what it was like to have lived prior to all these 'wonderful' technologies and electronics, growing up with televisions with dials, payphones, house phones connected by cords. I knew what a computer was, but not really the purpose of them. Being you're further into your 30s than I, I can only assume you have seen even bigger changes and to adapt and thrive the way you do, is quite impressive!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      BTW - I am more likely to write them than to speak them - - unless I stump my toe.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Nellieanna,

      What I think you are is simply open-minded! That is a very useful quality in today's times. The smart donkey bit, I must admit, is not one of my own... I have a male friend who is afraid to curse and that is his response to me after I use ass, as if to reassure me that he still will not be cursing on this day :D

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      What a fast little thing you are! :D ... I am probably more likely as well. It's hard to detect tone and mood through print and sometimes those words help add substance to a sentence :D

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      My darling George was into computers quite early - in the very early 1980s, when he mastered DOS and programmed his own stuff. He encouraged me to get into them, knowing that I did so many things by hand that could be (or his vision told him would be) done on computer: writing newsletters, designing & drawing house plans, writing letters and poetry. But I was anti-electronics. Way back in high school, when I was an ace sewing machine sewer, I was given a 'buttonhole worker' for my portable machine. It was over a year before I had the courage and mind to try it out! I resisted playing electronic keyboards! I wanted to stay human. haha.

      But then in 1988, he convinced me to buy myself a computer. It was an early laptop - a Zenith Supersport! Very expensive, awkward and literally had no memory except the basic stuff to chug it up when the DOS 4-1/2" disk was inserted. It had two disk drives, one for the DOS to run it and one for the data that one would put on it. When these disks were removed, all it knew was the date & time and how to accept the DOS disk that would open up its limited scope.

      Over the years since then, I just kept upgrading and learning like a sponge. George would always tell me I didn't need the next version, and I'd get it anyway. I was the one who hooked up the internet, the home networks, even the stereo, for goodness sake; - and he, a professional Engineer! haha. In the end, George had to ask me how to do things and use the computers, even before he began to suffer from memory loss and dementia. He just didn't keep up.

      We, and now, I have friends who've never even ventured into tape players & CDs, much less computers, which remain totally foreign to them, like something from outer-space. George was 10 years my senior, though; his long-time friends became mine when we met and married, 34 years ago. Heck, though, I have one great-grandson who will soon be 18!! I seem to be on some kind of a timeless space raft while the rest of the world keeps aging faster - and worse, dying off. It's a little scary.

      Changes - I guess so! We had a wind-up Victrola and boxes of thick Edison records when I was growing up. The folks drove a Model T. Dad even had a Model T water-well drilling machine. The Civil War hadn't been all that long ago - it ended only 67 years before I was born, in fact, and only 25 years before my dad was born. Hard to fathom now.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Those words are colorful, to be sure, as Hemingway and many others thought and used them! I'm not 'fer or agin 'em'. I just don't find them necessary and seem to convey my meanings anyway. No biggie. I understand them when used, though overuse is simply ear-splitting. It doesn't bother me in the least to utter them when I stump my toe, though!

      What is sort of funny is that the same friend who is so totally not into computers has lately begun using cuss words a lot! She's a few years older than I, too. hm. Think senility has set in? My dad reverted to speaking German as he had as a child, when he became senile! hm.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Oops- Just checked the clock! I must be up early and it's already 2:22.

      So - goodnight. Forgive me for cluttering up your comment thread and then escaping before I'm arrested! Hugs.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Don't ever apologize, I like when you visit and you have wonderful conversation. I'm still reading so there will be a response waiting for you my dear. You have a goodnight! Hugs to you! ;-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Well, when I started to turn off the computer, I noticed that Time Machine was backing it up and was getting close to done, so I piddled with writing in my journal (still by hand, I might add) to give it time to finish. I couldn't resist one last check here, so I am looking forward to reading what you'll have awaiting me tomorrow. I'm really off now! And thank you for the generosity.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Now I really feel bad... I'm reading... just very slowly through very heavy eyelids. It's a couple of minutes to 4:00 here and I get up at 5:00 and this is a repeat of my behavior last night, so my body is attempting to shut down on me, but I am resisting as hard as I can as I would like to at least get one response up to your awesome novels before I fall the rest of the way out of my computer chair :D ... and if you should come back and see this tonight, then I'm doubly sorry, it was still not what it was supposed to be, but it will be there and now I'm laughing :D

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      DOS, well I haven’t heard that word spoken since Noah got off the Ark! :D What a talented husband you must’ve had, I’m truly impressed. What a cute story about the buttonhole worker. To be honest, I didn’t know they were making laptops in 1988 and here I thought the younger generation had a leg up on their elders, but I was obviouly wrong! Gee, I remember back in the late 80’s, early 90’s we had “Computer” class in elementary school, every week or so. There were only 4 different activites and that’s all we did through my entire time in elementary school. In middle school, we took “Keyboarding” where all we did was learned homerow and tested our timed typing… by then, we were off of the DOS system.

      Wow, look at you, the lady whose husband had to convince to use electronics is now trying to have the newest versions :D I have a tendency to stick with what I know and am apprehensive about change, but I am a sponge too!

      I like how you took over like that, from the learner to the teacher… you’ve got such an ambitious attitude!

      I know a lot of people you’re age (whatever that may be ;-), that want nothing to do with learning these technologies. I can’t say that I necessarily blame them… these things weren’t available when you were growing up and you got where you were going just fine.

      I hope you still have some of those long-time friends, what a special relationship those must be with your George as the common denomiator. Maybe you have lived a long while so far, but you don’t seem to have aged. I suppose the longer we live, the more death we will see. I lost 3 classmates in my senior year of highshool, all at different times for different reasons and it was a very unsettling feeling. I couldn’t understand it and had a hard time coping. The death hasn’t seemed to have stopped since then. After graduating, I heard of at least one death a year after that, all of students, either that graduated with me or were right behind me. Coming from such a large family, death has been very unavoidable and I guess once I became old enough to go to funerals, I’ve been quite a regular. When you’ve lived a lot of years as you have, I imagine it gets hard watching other friends and family die off. Thank goodness you’ve got years of life left in you yet!

      Wind-up Victrola and Edison records! You probably didn’t realize back then how aweome those would be in today’s times! I’ve always wanted on, they are about one of the neatest things I’ve ever seen. Model T! I only know of those from history books! Wow, nobody refers to the civil war, I hear records of WWII quite often and an ocassional WWI account, but never the civil war! You my dear, are an interesting lady… but I am a tired girl… I have 41 minutes to sleep before I have to get up, but I will finish my reading and response when I rise. Thank you for sharing with me!

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      shanmarie 4 years ago

      Nellieanna, she shoudlo read your iPhone story. ;)

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      N-e-l-l-i-e-anna,

      Well, Hemingway’s a classic for a reason :-) Like you, I’m not pro or anti cursing, but I do my fair share. They really lose their meaning when overused though. I remember being a kid, never dreaming of swearing in front of my parents, one time, in 18 years I slipped up and my father made me eat soap… ‘cept we were out of bar soap and I was subjected to dish soap. I got so worked up, stomach turning… I was coughing up bubbles. To this day, the scent of Palmolive makes me gag! BUT, as scared as I was to curse around my parents, the minute a grown-up wasn’t around, my brothers and I and our friends would cuss like sailors! Look at us go! More swear words in a sentence than anything else, really kind of viking like. Now, I see teenagers do the same thing and I think; ‘do they have any idea how dumb they sound?’

      That’s funny, maybe a little sad, but still funny. Your friend won’t accept the coming of ages as far as technology goes, but jumps on the cuss train! Ha ha! I have to admit, being an E.M.T… there does seem to be a correlation to altered mental status and curse words. I remember a poor man who was having a diabetic emergency and he normally was a sweet, calm man. He was being vulgar and swearing… it was like ‘hurry, give the man a dang cookie before he says something he’ll later regret!’ ha ha. Hey, the German thing… that might’ve been sad in your house, but I like speaking in a German accent when I’m yelling at my kids… it scares them! :D

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Hahahahaha! I know that totally is not funny, Cat, but I picture you spewing bubbles from your mouth. I had to eat soap a few times, too, but never dish soap.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Well, I didn't find it funny then, though my parents and brothers all laughed! ... but I do think it's funny now :-) Hey, I got a kid home sick today and it's been crazy... please be patient with me if I'm slow while I catch up :-( (ha, same story, different day!)

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      I don't think anybody is worried about how long it takes you to respond. :) Does that sound mean? Haha...love ya twinie. My daughter is home sick too, and my son has been cussing because of the neighbor kids. I asked him the other day if he wanted to eat soap, but now I will be picturing him hiccuping bubbles. Guess I better go hang some clothes on the line and see if the wind doesn't blow them on down the road for me. Have a good day!

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Mean? Not at all! :D Aw, hope your daughter's not too sick? I never keep my kids home, one has a perfect attendance and the other has missed only two days, today being the second. She got up in the middle of the night and came down for a drink of water and her hoarse cough bothered me. I gave her some medicine and sent her to bed and just didn't bother waking her up this morning, especially when I saw it was pouring and I didn't want to send her out in that. Now... I see she's okay and could've gone to school, but there's nothing irritates me more than sending my kid off and having the school nurse call me to come pick 'em up :D

      Cussing because of the neighbor kids? Ha ha! I don't know what's worse, bar soap stuck in your teeth or hiccuping up bubbles :-)

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      She's alright, thanks for asking. Getting over strep throat. We thougth she had appendicitis or something the other night the way she woke up screaming, even though the pain was on the wrong side. Doc said the pain in her side was from the drainage.

      Well, speaking from experience, soap in teeth is not a pleasant taste. . .

      Yes, the parents don't speak much English and these kids cuss like freakin' sailors! They are in their own yard, but they play together with my children along the fence line. And, my son went to be early last night because of the potty mouth he decided to showcase so loudly. I heard him all the way in the livingroom from his bedroom.

      I don't have any bar soap. Besides, that's a highly frowned upon discipline technique these days, dontcha know? And all it taught you was don't cuss in front of your parents! Hehe. :-p Besides, if I fed him some dishsoap, he'd probably just hiccup the cusswords in bubbles!

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      ooof, strep throat, that stinks! :-( ... I guess it could've been worse though. Poor little thing, woke up to pains worth screaming about.

      Eh, ain't that nice to have such colorful neighbor kids? Think it's time you tell the boy about the 'Swear Fairy' :D

      Yeah... spanking... soap; it's all criticized. (That's why I have dark curtains... no I'm kidding :-)

      Ha ha ha... hiccup cusswords in bubbles... when the pop, the word comes out? :D

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Maybe Sponge Bob taught him to blow shapes in bubbles and instead of sound, it's a word bubble. What is this swear fairy you speak of?

      Girl, I'm about ot give up on HP today. My internet connection has been as crappy as possible and nothing has been accomplished! I have assignments to write for othes and a hub I am almost done with, but the internet stream keeps going down. Service provider says it is from the windstorms that came through several nights ago and it is being fixed today. I hope so....at this pace. . .it's like having dial up!

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      I've written such a lengthy treatise in reply to your replies, I'm more inclined to not post it than to post it. It would be no harm done if I don't. In fact, it's enough for a hub of its own! haha. Even the more pertinent parts are lengthy as the following excerpts prove!

      It starts off thus:

      I PROMISE to not set up any such situation for you which would deprive you of much-needed sleep if I can possibly help it!!!!!!! I won't apologize for already having done so, because 1) it was not my intention 2) it is your nature and your choice to respond as you know to be best in your priority of things. That said, I will also say, I do exactly the same thing and am trying to discipline myself to apply common (uncommon in my case, it seems) sense in such choices!! I will say that, as life becomes shorter and more precious, the toss-ups and trade-offs become both more essential AND more tempting to choose the most immediate benefit. But at any age of one's life journey, the same can be said!

      Thank you for choosing to respond, but I shall have to take some of these burdens off you in future communications. I do PROMISE that. But I must reply to your lovely reply to me now! Perhaps you could promise to not worry about replying to everything when you've so little time. You and your family deserve your best, quality moments, nourished by adequate sleep.

      ___Then came lots of my history in the middle which I'm omitting!.____

      It concludes thus:

      P-L-E-A-S-E do not feel you need to reply or respond to all this. I always have to write anything over a sentence or two offline and then transfer it, because my computer likes to swish things away in a blink from the online compose boxes. I've seriously considered not copying & pasting this treatise onto your comment thread. What a quandary! If you give it more than a passing glance, I'll just have to keep all my responses to an utter minimum. . . even if you do, for that matter.

      I'm still considering not posting it, in fact. . . It's a break that conversation has gone on into less historic and more immediate direction!

      Sorry to hear of your and Shan's sickie babes. Hope they're not too seriously ill.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      shan

      Yeah, that Spong Bob can blow some pretty serious bubbles huh? The Swear Fairy, oh I don’t know, I figured you could come up with something, ya know, that would tramatize your kids and make them afraid to swear :D I just give mine the pursed lip, mommy death scare look and they know I’m not messing around. I have to be tough about this in my house because I do swear and they need to know that just because I do, it’s not alright for them.

      Even though I feel bad for your troubles… I’m almost relieved to hear your internet connection is sucking because mine is too, which makes for ‘catching up’ particularly difficult. We’re having thunderstorms now too, I wonder if that has anything to do with it, it was kind of like this last night too. Yeah… dial up, ha ha ha!

      Nellienna, I'm coming :D

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      PSA! I just lost my power! It came back on, but if I disappear... it's not my fault!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      THUNDERSTORMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      We're under some storm warnings and watches for the evening & night. Some areas of Dallas seem to have already lost power and suffered property damage earlier, though there's been nothing at all going on here other than clouds and wind. At this instant, the sun just peeked through, in fact.

      Stay safe, both of you!

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Girl, thunderstorms here too! I look like freakin' drowned rat!!!!!! I was pumping gas into my husband's truck when I turned around to see a wall of rain coming right at me. Of course, I had just started pumping the gas, so I had to stand there while it pelted me with hard, cold drops of rain.

      I'm just gonna blame my internet woes on you,then. You said you thought we were more alike than we first realized, so maybe your telepathy powers are ordering up like troubles for me. :D

      You stay safe, too, Nellieanna! And you as well, Cat.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Nellieanna,

      Yes, there would be harm done if you weren’t to post, you silly lady! I suppose it could be beneficial for yourself to make a hub out it; I know I’d read it. I also know that I’ve had a hub of yours open since yesterday evening that I can’t seem to get to :-(

      You didn’t and don’t deprive me of sleep woman! In fact, I get irritated that my body requires sleep as I find it a waste of time.

      Burdens? Hogwash!!! I’ve done it to your page and I’ll be doing it again and that’s not a threat,but a promise :D

      As far as me and your suggested promises, well all I can say to that is I don’t like to make promises I can’t keep ;-)

      You omitted some of your history? Why the punishment?

      1. I do not feel I need to reply or respond, if you say something interesting that warrants a response then I will do so :-)

      2. I don’t know what the need for the contimplation or dilemma is? If you got something to say, then dangit girl, say it!

      3. I often write out side of the hub as well because I don’t feel comfortable with my novels disappearing and I’m certainly less comfortable with attempting to regroup all my thoughts for a second time.

      Thank you for your concerns on the the children… I have to say, for once, I worried more than necessary and my daughter is back, full of life, annoying the snot out of her brother :D

      Nellieanna? What did you just talk about up there? Ha aha ha

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      It’s me again Margaret :-) We’ve been having ‘wires and trees down’ across the county and neighboring counties for the last hour or so. Just as I read your comment about the sun coming through, it beamed into my den window. How crazy is that? Suppose it’s a sign? :D

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Well shan, you're one tough chick, maybe soaked and ratty looking, but tough, nonetheless :D ..... It's ESP sis, ESP :D

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Thanks, Ray Stevens. I"m not so tough, just wet! You stay safe there. And don't fret about HP if you lose power!

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Ray Stevens? Okay, I'm laughing, but how in the heck do you figuer that? LOL!!! and by the way.... sun is shining, so I think I'm golden! :D

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      LOL....well, you know. . .his "It's Me Again Margaret" song, right? Maybe "The Streak" or "Sitting Up With the Dead". . .my personal favorite - the one about the day the squirrel went biserk in the First Self Righteous Church.

      You're always a golden ray of sunshine!

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Oooooohhhhh!!!! Ha ha!!! Gosh am I simple or what? That's always in my head and I couldn't remember why... you are the best!!!

      I remember "The Streak", I'm gonna have to google the other .... hmmm.

      You are! Lol... love ya sis.... how's your latest coming? I need a shan originial!!!

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Oh my lanta!!! I forgot about that!!! I could so do a hub from the inspiration :D ... I can't believe you know about these... maybe we did live together the first couple years of life before we were seperated :D

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      Patty Inglish 3 years ago from North America

      Thanks very much for this tribute Hub. I've relatives that have served, and some died, in all wars since the 1600s. It's a big sacrifice that I hope more peopke come to appreciate. Your Hub helps. Rated up and many more.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Patty Inglish, MS,

      Thank you so much, I'm truly honored by your visit and kind words. Love it or hate it, these sacrifices will continue to be made and I too hope that more come to appreciate the brave men and women that are willing to lay their lives on the line to protect ours. Thanks again!

      Cat

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Cat ~

      Tsk tsk! ;-}

      I'm a lady, maybe silly at times, but not in this case. My judgment directed me and following it suits my self-respect. Failure to measure up to my standards or better judgment would be very silly of me and would, indeed, do harm. But thank you for the compliment and reassurance. :-) I understand.

      99% of my comments would make hubs. My list of 'potential hubs', both from my comments and every-other-thought grows bigger'n a hub! I'm saving them for my memoirs now! Another reason to apply good judgment about placement!

      I would say exactly the same thing about my own sleep habits, starting when I was a kid in my youth bed. Even then, I hated wasting time on sleep even more than I enjoyed sleep, though I did and do. In the lengthy interim, however, I've learned, though, several valuable things about that. One is that good health and longevity, both of which I highly value, do require adequate sleep. I've also learned how to 'up' the quality of the sleep I do get, in whatever amount, which mitigates the frequent short supply and/or bizarre timings of it in any 24-hr. period.

      OK, I accept the 'burden' equitability! :-) No problem!! We're on a roll! Whoo-hoo!

      Same here, about making promises; but, you see, I DID promise, both in my mind and 'out loud', and realized that publishing the humongous reply I'd written would have been a simultaneous failure to keep it, - even as I thought & said it! So I opted to not. Doesn't mean I'll never do it, though. We shall see. I might even learn to eliminate superfluous words to say it shorter, though I kind of like my wording too. hehe

      I reserve the authority to judge probable effects of my actions and to decide whether to alter them, accordingly. But, again, thank you for the compliment and reassurance, m'dear. We understand each other, I think - or are getting to. . . .

      1. I know. Of course, what else?

      2. I don't take orders, though I consider suggestions!

      3. That's my point too. Every time I've failed to have a first draft available, I've regretted it somewhat. I confess, however, that in some cases, I take it as an omen that it was unwise, so I give it further consideration. I love spontaneity, yet realize that the first thing out of my mouth or mind is not always necessarily the best or wisest in all respects, considering all factors; and 'best' and 'wisest' rank right up there with 'spontaneous' in my book!

      I'm pleased to hear that your daughter is OK. hehe - good proof of that, obviously!! Cute.

      Good question. . . what WAS it I talked about up there - or here, for that matter. Sometimes I seem to have diarrhea of the mouth (or quill). But all's well that ends well. One of my brief poems for you:

      I'm glad you like me

      Unabridged

      If you do.

      ______© Nellieanna H. Hay

      Naughty-night.

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Shan - Yikes! Pumping gas and caught in that deluge! Yikes! "Wall of rain" describes it very accurately! It moved across the countryside like a bulldozer, but it cleared out almost as fast as it came, at least it did over here.

      Could you have waited it out in the truck, maybe? In inclement weather, I sometimes start the pump going and sit it out inside the Explorer. Just have to remember to get back out and remove the pump from the slot in the car! Would be embarrassing to drive off and pull the whole apparatus out of its concrete island and drag it along behind me!

      If I thought blaming me for your internet woes would actually help, I might accept it. However, it won't and I don't. I'd never order up troubles even for my worst enemy, much less for a dear friend, even in jest! I often wonder about the ESP powers, though. They might come in handy in some instances!! ;-)

      The calm prevails now and I actually am going to turn in now!!

      Here I go-o-o-o-o - - - zzzzzzzzzzzzz. . . .

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      . . . er . . . 'remove the nozzle'. . . . I've yet to try to cram the entire pump into the slot! haha. NOW I'm silly. . . yawn. . . zzzzzzzzzzzz. . . .

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Dear Nellieanna,

      Oh I must say you sent me to bed laughing this last ‘night’. Just as I was surrendering to the sleepy lids, this came in. How could I not peek at what the oh-so-interesting and spunky Nellieanna had to say? I laughed and even attempted to start a reply, but me brain had turned to mush and I figured I’d ought to wait until I’ve slept at least a couple hours before replying, as to not punish you with decoding my typo-filled, inappropriate word usage, attempt at a response. Now, I’m sure you’ll get the same, but at least, I’ve slept :D

      Perhaps your standards or idea of better judgment a bit harsh and maybe you’re a bit hard on yourself? :D

      Let me know when those memoirs are complete, I’ll be interested.

      I will say I have to agree, though I’m sure you’re not surprised. Adequate sleep is a requirement for good health and longevity and despite the idea that I feel it is a waste of time, it may also be a giver of time in the long run. I too enjoy sleep itself and find this more so, as years go on; I just wish there were more hours in the day, in which I would probably still avoid giving too many of them to sleeping. I might be compelled to ask your secrets regarding upping the quality of sleep, as that, I have yet to figure out. Is there a positive correlation between drooling and quality of sleep? :D

      I’m pleased to hear you’re accepting of the burden equitability and I shall be honoring that promise today!

      I would just assume you not eliminate superfluous words as they add both confusion and color to my life and I like a challenge :D

      I respect your authority and so, I will accept your decisions regarding your judgments in how you conduct yourself and your business.

      You’re as strong woman; I wouldn’t expect you to take order, though I assume you recognize good advice when you hear it.

      Spontaneity is a lovely concept. Some may argue, that is exactly what gets people like you and I in trouble, but it also contributes to making us the magical beings we are.

      It is your opinion and you’re entitled to it, but I would argue that you have diarrhea of the mouth or ‘quill’ as you put it. Unless of course, diarrhea of the mouth is a new term for delightfully entertaining :D

      A poet too? Is there anything you can’t do? :D

      Good mornin’, good mornin’ ~ Cat

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Cat! I had a reply to your comment last night that was supposed to have gone through...but. . . well. . . yeah....the short of it was that yes, I do know those songs. And the more I get to know you, the more I see we are very much alike in many uncanny ways.

      Do you hear Ms. Nellieanna? She won't send internet woes, but she'll put up a plank for us to virtually walk to our doom as shark food instead! :-p

      Nellieanna, you're a total delight! I suppose I could've waited in the truck, but what would've been the point? I was already soaked from teh moment it hit. Guess you saw for yourself when it got to you how heavy it was. Plus, it frankly didn't occur to me to hop in on the driver's side while my hubby was conveniently in the store. He did manage to do just htat when he came out, though. Maybe I should've gone around and hopped on in nad let him pull the nozzle out before he drove off with a new tail for the truck! I would've been just as wet either way, though.

      Hugs and love to you both.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Shan, where’d you come from? Ha ha… as I was posting my novel response to Nellianna’s novel response, BAM!!! There you were :D

      You seem to have some awfully crappy luck with responses; I’ve seen you refer to this issue on several hubs… I’d be getting quite frustrated by now if I were you :-(

      She’s a special lady, that Nellianna. (Don’t tell her I said so, but I think she’s just an undercover softy :D )

      Hugs and love to you too sis!

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Haha...BAM! I'm magic like that, didn't ya know? I show up when and where you least expect me. hehe

      Well, this particular time is more of an internet issue! It probably crapped out as it was trying to post the reply. My only option is wireless, though, and when the network has problems, so do I.

      I'd never tell Nellieanna that you think she's a special lady, as does everyone else around here. Her head might get too big for that imaginary pillow of hers. ;) But, I love her to pieces. So, we'll just keep it a secret that there is so much to admire and respect about her.

      P.S.- Ms. Kettle didn't sleep much last night either, if it makes you feel any better!

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Yes, shan, I did know you were magic like that :D

      When my computer is acting up, or the internet... I will copy my reply, then hit submit, then refresh the page to make sure it actually appeared and if it's not there, I paste and submit again :D

      One time, I had left a comment on someone's hub who I've never communicated with prior and when I visited the page a few days later my comment wasn't there. I thought about reposting it, as I thought it was kind of funny, but then I wondered if the hub author didn't deny it in the first place :D Too bad if that wasn't the case. He'll never know I was there!

      I appreciate you not letting the CAT out of the bag in regards to Nellianna ;-) ... she's something else in't she?

      I don't feel better you didn't sleep well last night, in fact I feel bad. I have to admit... my eyes are heavy and I'm not happy about it because the day is just starting and I'm not feeling rested myself. :-(

      Reason for poor night's sleep? Or just one of those things?

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      I did copy it last night, actually, but if the internet wasn't connected, it woudln't send. And I couldn't check to see. I really just got frustrated enough to close the laptop and forget about trying. It wasn't even submitting an assignment I'd taken the time to write. It would work for a second or two and then go down again. . .literally only a matter of seconds.

      Telephone wont' stay on either, since it is through the internet provider. I've been accused of hanging up on people, something I rarely do because it is a pet peeve of mine. I'd have to be in an extremely heated discussion to even consider the thought. Maybe they'll get it all fixed today.

      Cat's could never be confined to bags without a rucous. :D

      Hey sister, go sister, soul sister (sorry, couldn't resist) don't feel bad about my sleep habits, or lack thereof! I know when I need more when I start to see purple under my eyes or bags or both. LOL. My lack of a better sleep schedule has to do with trying to do too much, but I want to do it all! The only problem is that I cannot unless I stay up "just a little bit longer." Besides, I think, I am sometimes more productive at night - when it comes to getting writing assignments done, anyway. Less distractions, except for maybe great friends like you But, you're a welcome distraction ;) and I can answer in between paragraphs of other writing tasks or house keeping tasks was the case the other day.

      You know what...I am reminded of childhood sleepovers. . .

      As for just one of those things. . .probably wouldn't hurt to develop a better sleep schedule, and contrary to how it seems, more is likely to be accomplished with more sleep rather htan less due to more energy and less illness, if you get sick often (I don't until I go a while with little to no sleep). It's certainly not fun to start the day off feeling poorly rested. On the other hand, "that 2:30 feeling" is not so fun either. Perhaps a combination of more sleep and better excercise is in demand? Tis what I need anyhow. I've noticed that when I am more active, I have more energy and don't feel quite as sluggish even with little rest. Also, if I sleep for certain amounts of times verses other amounts, it makes a difference. But. . . I"ll shut up before I write a borning novel about sleep habits no one else cares about. Hehe.

      By the way. . .don't know if it spammed ya, but I sent the lyric idea I was mentioning to your email. You interested? In assisting with lyrics, that is?

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Hey, shan, that borning novel you talk about... will you be getting it published? Is it a tell-all about spinach? :D

      Yeah, I guess if the internet isn't connected, it doesn't matter how many times you push submit, that stinks! The phone deal? That's crappy too and trust me, I can relate. I think I've overcharged my phone so much that I've fried the battery and it's dead more than it's not.

      Cats in a bag, ha ha! :D

      Yeah, I'm starting to reevaluate this whole sleep concept myself. Like today, I'm feeling so beat, all I want to do is take a nap and anything I do until or if that happens is draining and probably low quality, not to mention takes longer to do. It's like running in slow motion. Fortunately, knock on wood, I don't get sick, so the worst is just run down, as of now :D

      I know, I too like the night. I no longer feel guilty about doing chores, nor do I have to worry about tending to anyone and so my mind is free to be dedicated to what I'm doing.

      Yeah! I guess I'll have to check my spam folder! I hope I didn't delete spam yesterday!

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Oh, I just ran a stinkin' marathon....or ran around like a chicken with my head cut off! Kept trying to submit revisions to a client with a precise deadline and the net was not cooperating in the slightest! I finally got it to work with only seconds to spare.In the meantime, I found a broken piece of lightbulb in the carpet with my foot and practically burnt some scrambled eggs. Whew! Now I can catch a breath.

      You'll have to love me inspite of my spinahch. I can see the cover now. . .big, green, toothy grin. :D Of course, if I'm jsut too repulsive, I understand too. Haha

      What's wrong with a nap if you can take one? Feeling run down can possilby lead to more issues. There's this person I've known for well over 10 years now that hardly ever sleeps more than 3-4 hours at night until she gets so run-down that her body can't take anymore and she's sick for days on end. I'm talking, really sick. Her immune system shuts down until she literally can't fight off the colds and the flus or worse.

      I know I'm kind of the pot calling the kettle black since I am a night owl by nature, and always have been, but I've seen firsthand what not enough sleep really does to someone. As much as I want and try to do it all and really enjoy the night hours (even feel more productive during them sometimes), I've realized that when I need sleep, I need sleep. People can complain if they will, and maybe I'd get less complaints if I changed my habits, but my point is that if it is needed, it's needed.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Ha ha! How do you do it all? A marathon, kids, revisions, poetry, friendships… keeping your sanity? :D You’re not going to stroke out on me are you? Oh, the magic of feet and their locating capabilities, ha ha ha, you okay? Burning scrambled eggs? Oh my gosh, I’m laughing quite hysterically right now and I’m not sure if I should feel bad about it? :D Breath? I’d think you’d be crying, lol.

      And yes, for the record, you look like you’ve been on a spinach eating marathon, lol. Oh my goodness, my stomach hurts! Ha ha. Repulsive? No way, I haven’t laughed this hard in a while, but I bet my neighbors are scared of the cackling booming from my den window :D

      Yeah, I’m supposed to be weeding my garden, but no… I sit on the computer, contemplating a nap, neither of which, is weeding the garden :D

      And who’s complaining? Want me to beat ‘em over the head with my shoe? (I’ve offered you this before, no?) :D

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      No, no shoe bashing. I'm anti-violent, but eh, I can take or make a joke. . .let me think some more on that. . .

      Hahah...don't do it all - only wish I could. If I could run, I'd be a lot healthier! Running kills my knees. I used to walk everywhere though. Perhaps I should start that again.

      Yes, yes. It does take talent to cook like that, does it not? Hehehe And, yes, I'm okay. Just thought it might be a funny detail to include if I did it right.

      By the way . . . did I ever claim to be sane? That's questionable to some. :D But. . .you know what "they" say. . .I'm not suffering from insanity - I enjoy every minute of it! But, shhhh....don't tell those nice young men in their coats when they come to take you away to the funny farm!

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Hey, I'm anti-violent too! In fact, I just commented on a hub about Ghandi yesterday, written my mr-veg.

      Look at the trouble I started by asking a question? Lol, for one, this sleep thing has been something that everyone has been talking about lately and I thought, 'how good a question', also, I'm sick of getting my HP updates showing a big fat red arrow in regards to question views, so I figured it was time to ask a question... I just want the red to go away :D

      How am I gonna catch up to and your hubber score with my question, if you're posting them too :D lol.

      Ha ha... well then, I'm not suffering either!

      Hey, I have to run out to garden for a few minutes, so if I seem to not be responding, that's why ;-)

      ...and I was wanting to write a hub today, but I'm thinking... it ain't gonna happen :D

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      That score's a crock! It goes up and down, and when I don't have time to interact much, it really goes down. That was actually a question I tried to ask last night...but as per earlier statements and things not posting when the net goes down. . .

      Yeah. . .well. . .life outside beckons. What can I say? Live it!

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      To Whom It May Concern: (including any and all kettles present)

      'SLEEP ISN'T A LUXURY; IT'S A NECESSITY". Observe this New York Times article about that:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/31/health/31brody.h...

      Thank you,

      Ms. Pot

      ps - More, as time permits. Thank ya'll for your fantastic replies.

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Well, that was a nice smack in the face! Just kidding...I really can understand the points of that article, Nellieanna. As I mentioned above, I've witnessed the poor health effects little to no sleep has on someone, especially over a prolonged period of time. Leave it to you to go find something like that, though. ;)

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Shan, I hope when you say it’s a crock, you’re not talking about yours specifically, but the scores in general. I’d be smiling with the 97… and probably saying ‘Yeah, these things are accurate, you know!’ :D

      Trust me, I practically live on this site and my score bounces, usually never to awfully high, but as soon as I’m away for a half a day… it plummets!

      Weeded the garden, mowed the lawn, now these kid people want food? Go figure!

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Nellieanna,

      What'd you do? Call the New York Times and tell 'em they had a rebel on their hands? :D What are the chances? After this Cat from NYS asks the people of HP how much sleep the get, New York Times publishes an answer? Ha ha... they did say average has gone from more than eight to six and a half... see?

      Ms. Pot, as time permits... I'll be reading the hub of yours I've had open for 2 days! Time better permit, shortly after dinner! :D

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      In case you're wondering, the Ms. Pot and Ms. Kettle thing was another "inside joke". Haha...it was my way of letting her know one night that she was the pot calling the kettle black after she suggested I get some sleep. I told her something like, "this kettle will got to bed soon, Ms. Pot."

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Are you talking to me or Nellianna? 'Cause, I almost think I recollect that, unless of course, it was you and Nellienna.... and then, no... I don't remember? lol

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Haha...I'm talking to you about why she signed off as Ms. Pot and why I called myself Ms. Kettle. :-p

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Yeah, inide joke between you and her or you and me? Lol... I kind of remember it happening... unless of course you say I wasn't there and then I'll deny the memory :D

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Girl, you're just nuts! :-D We're all pots and kettles here anyway, or so it seems.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Lol... seriously though... was I there? lol

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      nope. lol but you probably read refrences to it on hubpages.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Yeah... maybe I'm getting it confused with the 'It's me again Margaret' :D

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      That's a might big confusin, sis. :-p Did the weed eater in Uncle Harve's Fruit of the Looms get ya?

      CONFUSION!

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Oh my goodness... I did spend much of the day in the garden... either the weed eater or maybe heat stroke? :p

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      OMG, I just realized how that question sounds!!! I'm gonna blush now. Of course you know it was in reference to The Mississippi Squirrel Reviva, dontcha?

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      No shan... I didn't know anything about The Mississippi Squirrel Revival connection... but I was very curious who this Uncle Harve of yours was... must make for some interesting family reunions :D

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      I"m gonna assume that's sarcasm, 'cause I got nothin' to say to that!

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      No, I'm guessing you have some interesting family reunions, but if there's nothing to say, well :D

      Hey, you'd go home and rock in a corner, sucking your thumb, asking "WHY?" after attending my family reunions :D

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      I'm not gonna talk crazy family members....hahaha.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Ha ha... well, we are very much alike, so I can only imagine you must've had as twisted a family as me, for us to have turned out so similar :D

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      ziyena 3 years ago from Southern Colorado

      Cat ... This is beautiful. Voting UP

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Thank you Ziyena, I really appreciate the compliment and the visit. Thanks again!

      Cat

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      Man of Strength 3 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      Hi Cat,

      What a beautiful tribute to service men and women. You are amazing. I just marvel at your emotional connection in every thing you write. The images and the words are breathtaking. Thanks, voted up!

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Man of Strength,

      You came over! Thank you, it means a lot to me! I only hope I did you honorable soldiers some justice in my write. You're all heroes to me!

      Thanks sweet friend of mine... and how are those hubs of yours coming :p ?

      I'll be waiting :D

      Cat

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      Man of Strength 3 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      Hi Cat,

      One is done. The 20 Greatest Hosts of Television, was published yesterday. The other will be some time today or tonight.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Ahh... that goes to show how far behind I am in my emails! I'm on my way :D

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Ahh... that goes to show how far behind I am in my emails! I'm on my way :D

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