Pet Peeves and teachable moments

I won\’t hold it against you if you have said it in the past – Just don\’t \”wish me\” a happy Memorial
Day or I will say something. I will try to be as tactful as I can, as I respond to this major pet peeve of mine. Even as a young person, I never could understand it – why people wish others to have a happy memorial day. Just crazy. If you never knew, then know it NOW. It\’s not cool.  Actually, it\’s offensive to me but because people are usually clueless, I try not to jump down their throat. It is a \”teachable moment\”  most people can respect.

It was July 4, 1967 – We were in the front yard gardening when we saw a black military car drive by slowly. We all KNEW…neighbors came to the middle of the street. The Chrysler family lived at the end of the block about 20 houses between us – He was a good neighbor and a brother to one of my friends. It was so quiet we could hear Mrs. Chrysler,  as she cried out the most heartbreaking sound I ever heard. He was 19 years old. He was ambushed on Route 561 NE of Con Thien, South Vietnam, Quang Tri province.  You don\’t forget stuff like that. 

I think of him every Memorial Day and every July 4.

It\’s not appropriate.  It is the time to remember our fallen; it should be a somber reminder of the brave sacrifice men and women have made.

Another Pet Peeve of mine is: 

Don\’t they teach this in school anymore?

4 thoughts on “Pet Peeves and teachable moments

  1. Anonymous May 24, 2020 / 5:17 am

    Probably not teaching them in school. I heard a tribute on the radio the other day by an announcer on that station to his brother who died in 2003 on Memorial Day in the line of duty. Moved me to tears. I am not happy it was decided not to place flags at national cemeteries this year on graves for Memorial Day because of the virus. It could have been done with social distancing in place. Hubby's parents are buried at Miramar down in San Diego area. The scouts could have done every other row and rotated the rows and been more than 6 feet apart. It was sobering but meaningful to see the flags on all the graves. Not all represented death in wars but all represented people who had served or loved ones

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  2. Anonymous May 24, 2020 / 5:18 am

    I used to wonder what the difference was between those two days until a blog friend told me.

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  3. Anonymous May 24, 2020 / 5:21 am

    Sorry my comment got cut off. I was saying not all represented those lost in war but those who served or their loved ones. They should have been honored but were denied that right by this stupid virus. Statistically I have read transmission outdoors is very low. And then I am saddened there will be no ceremonies or parades to honor those fallen soldiers. Forgive any typos. I could not go back to proof.Betty

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  4. Anonymous May 24, 2020 / 3:12 pm

    They teach a lot in schools that people just don't remember. My pet peeve were students who would quote wrong information in class. Dang, that answer would show up on tests. Your way of learning is the most memorable unfortunately.It is good you post this information for those who don't remember the reason for the holiday.

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