~Living a life of sophisticated domestication deep in the heart of Texas~

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Friday, July 10, 2015

Oh, yeah. About that other flag....

...which came down the pole in South Carolina this morning.

It seems that when there's something momentous going on in the world, my husband and I are together in bed watching it on television.  I really like that.  We've been together for just about everything that happened that really mattered during most of the past decade, and I think I can speak for both of us when I say that the togetherness makes it even more meaningful.  This morning was no exception.  What a moment, seeing the rebel flag being ceremoniously lowered and respectfully folded and rolled into a neat little package and relegated to its proper location in the nearby museum on the capitol grounds.  We watched the governor sign the order to make it all happen, and that, too, was a moment.

This morning's event was something to behold, even from a distance.  My heart went straight to the little girl who'd been away at summer camp but came home to be at the capitol and watch this take place.  I felt a kinship with her, because that's something that I'd have done, too.  I remember being away at summer camp and just about my favorite part of the day was early in the morning watching the flag being raised and singing with the other campers one of my favorite songs about my favorite things at that time in my life.

Anyway, I spent enough time in the South and in South Carolina, specifically, to understand the great debate and turmoil that has been brewing in the hearts and minds of people, and I'm really glad that I'm on the side of the people who wanted that to come down.  It's caused enough pain, thoughts and actions that happened way back when during the war, and then since 1961 when it was raised again in defiance of those people who wanted peace and equality and integration.

I'm glad I'm attached to a person who feels the same way about these things and look forward to watching and experiencing many more great moments, grateful that we'll be on the right side of history, as they say.


Shawn & SGTex