Wednesday Hodgepodge–November 12


Wednesday Hodgepodge – 12th November

1. We celebrate Veteran’s Day in the US of A on November 11th. When did you last interact with a member of the armed forces (either currently serving or retired)? Have you ever written a letter to a soldier, bought a meal or coffee for a soldier, said an unprompted thank you to a soldier you encountered out and about somewhere? If you’re not in the US, comment on a similar holiday in your own country.

The last time I interacted with a member of the armed forces was in June when my granddaughters’ father came to their high school graduation. He is a master sargeant in the Marines. He wore his uniform to the graduation ceremony because the girls asked him to. He has been in the Marines for nearly 20 years and we are very proud of him.

When he was serving in Afghanistan, the girls and I wrote him letters and sent him packages.

2. You can have fifty pounds of anything at all (except money)…what would you choose?

I would love to have 50 pounds of chocolate. Dark chocolate. 90% cacao. The darker, the better.

3. When did you last receive an invitation in the ‘real’ mail? What was it for and did you attend? When it comes to RSVP-ing, are you an ‘early responder’ or a ‘last minute, barely-under-the-wire’ kind of guest?

I received an invitation an anniversary party back in July. It was for a 50th anniversary party. It was out-of-state and I really couldn’t attend but I sent a gift. I’m an early responder.

4. What’s something you really don’t like to waste?

Time.

5. Cheers, Friends, MASH, Seinfeld…of the ones listed, your favourite long-running sitcom?

I loved both Seinfeld and MASH. My favorite of those was MASH.

6. What decision are you glad you made?

I’m glad of the decision I made to leave my job because of health reasons. My health was failing and I could no longer do my job. The stress of trying to keep up was just to much. The decision to stop fighting and to try to get well was the best decision I ever made. Now I am better and know my limitations and can do my volunteer work without stress.

7. In this month of ‘Thanksgiving’ what is one thing that’s different today than it was a year ago that you’re grateful for?

My daughter is going through a divorce and has been forced to sell her house. I’m grateful that she was able to sell it right away and that she has been able to find a condo right away. I’m grateful that she has been able to remain strong throughout this horrible ordeal and that it will soon be over.

8. Random thought:

We are having abnormally cold weather, as is the rest of the country, and I do not like it at all. Having to break out my heavy winter jacket in November feels like I am back in New York, not in San Antonio, Texas.

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About mairedubhtx

I am a "youngish" grandmother of 15 year old twin granddaughter who has recently (is a year "recent"?) adopted Islam as my way of life, much to the consternation of my family. I love to read. I love to write. I am writing a book about my decision to revert, about my spiritual journey. I have another blog about stories from my youth, my parents, and grandparents. It's a blog so my OCD daughter will not be able to throw it out when I die. I suffer from depression and anxiety, for which I am treated, so my posts may be a bit dark at times. C'est la vie.
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