Intolerance…

The world seems to be going to hell in a hand basket!

Why, oh why is the United States of America trying to wipe out parts of its history?  The country is only 241 years old and already it is tearing down statues from the Civil War?  Now, before anyone cries “Foul!” on me, I have a differing view point!  A variation on the glass half full/half empty.  Removing the statue of Robert E. Lee was a mistake because, for this country, it is our reminder of NEVER AGAIN!  NEVER AGAIN will one man feel mighty enough that he can own another in this country!  NEVER AGAIN will the country go to war against itself due to part of the population having less melanin in their bodies than the rest!  Those with less pigment ARE NOT superior to the others!  Every single citizen bleeds red!  Why are certain individuals trying to rewrite our history as the Ancient Egyptians did when they tried to erase the reign of Akhenaten?  Briefly he converted his country to monotheism but when he passed, Egypt reinstated the old gods and eradicated cartouches and statues dedicated to the former Pharaoh. More recently, Germany and Poland have acknowledged past atrocities and sites such as Dachau and Auschwitz have remained relatively untouched.  NEVER AGAIN!

For the United States, we remember the name of Henry Ford as one of the preeminent automobile designers and builders in this country.  He was also a well-known anti-Semite whose articles in The Dearborn Independent were lauded in Nazi Germany.  I wonder, wherever his spirit resides, is he aware that automobiles such as the ones he created are now being used as weapons of execution?  Car bombs in Oklahoma City…  Running pedestrians down and murdering them in Nice, London and now Barcelona…  Is he rolling in his grave or jumping with glee?

My mother and my grandmother always instilled in my sister and me to “never carry hatred in our hearts.”  My mother was only 3 years old when World War II broke out in Europe.  She grew up during the time of the German American Bund.  The family of one of her classmates belonged to the Bund and this child would come to school espousing the organization’s doctrines.  He told my mother that Germany was correct in liquidating the Jewish population!  My mother, normally very quiet and reserved as her father was the town’s physician, picked up the largest book that she laid eyes on – surprisingly, a history of the United States of America – and knocked this individual to the ground for history’s sake!  My grandfather was called to school instead of my grandmother and informed of the situation.  Mom’s teacher was surprised by her outburst but stood 100% in her corner!  My grandfather was shocked but proud.  His daughter stood her ground and, even though she resorted to a physical response, she didn’t consider his standing in town but the situation in Europe and how narrow-minded people were reacting to the Jewish population in the United States.  He asked Mom why she did it and her response was simple and direct, “He holds hatred in his heart.”  The current administration, with all its logic and knowledge, would say that both sides were in the wrong.  Luckily for this country, FDR was in office then.  If not, we might have wound up with a leader such as an American Oswald Mosely!

I wish I could say “Never Again…”  Not to sound defeatist but the hatred and deaths will continue until strong leadership takes the reins.

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The Land of Lost Items…

My sister likes to tell me every single item in the house has a proper “home” or a place where the item “lives.”  I frequently leave spices tucked away on the counter that I use all the time as well as my measuring spoons which rest in the drainer by the sink.  If the hurricane that is my sister has whipped through the kitchen, you can bet all the marbles that she has placed everything in their proper nooks and crannies!  When it comes time for her belongings or my husband’s, that is a totally different story!  At least two or three times a week, the hubby calls to ask me where his wallet is!  Just last week we drove between our town and the two neighboring ones looking for his wallet.  The thought of cancelling his cards and standing in line at DMV was just too daunting.  I asked him when was the last time he saw the wallet.  In the car was his reply.  We took everything out of the car and NOTHING!  He decided to drive off to the bank to cancel his cards and I would research what he needed for his license.  Surprise!  The hubby called to let me know the vanishing wallet has been found…in a secret cubby in his car that he had forgotten about!  How do you forget about this if YOU PLACED THE WALLET IN THERE?!?  Over the weekend he called from work asking if I had seen his hearing aids.  My query – why aren’t they in your ears?  He told me he had forgotten to put them in after his shower…  He didn’t remember to put them back in their box on his night table.  Where were they?  On top of his DVD rack!  WTF!  This morning’s phone call concerned his house and car keys.  He misplaced them.  The last place I had seen these were by the stove.  He looked and no such luck!  I thought that was odd because I intentionally didn’t touch them!  Lo and behold, Hurricane Sister had swept through and placed them in the basket with my keys!  Onto the sister!  Where oh where are her reading glasses?  I collected all her eyeglass cases and left them in the kitchen on the shelf with mine along with the house keys.  I even located all three pairs and matched them to the corresponding case. All the cases are EMPTY!  I found one pair in the bathroom and another tucked between the cushions on the couch.  The third pair, a Tiffany blue, is totally MIA!  Will these be found before her next business trip at the end of the week?  Only the elves who sneak off with our belongings know!  To quote my sister’s BFF, “Saint Anthony, something has been lost that can’t be found…”  He actually responded!  “Yes, I know!  Their minds!”