Monday, May 30, 2011

Land of the Free because of the Brave

Mom and I got home last night from Italy late last night. We met ladies from all over the world and it was amazing. One of the best parts was how each one of were proud of where we came from and we each have a story. Americans in today's world we hold close to heart 911 each one of us remember where we were and what we were doing. We hold close to our heart the brave women and men who serve our country and make it safe each and everyday so we can live normally. Today is one of those days that I think about living in the DC area... one of my favorite days when I lived there was when Dad and I went to the national mall. I can still see my dad getting misty eyed when we were at the Lincoln memorial. He was watching a little girl jumping around on the steps and he looked at me and said someday the little girl will understand why I am crying. What I took from that was how proud he was to be an American but how he knew what we have lost we honor those memories in memorials and why standing on those steps is so moving. A week or so later I went to the WWII memorial and I just sat and people watched. That is my favorite memorial...anyway I found myself getting misty when I saw two young girls which I assumed were the granddaughters of a man they wheeled in a wheel chair into the memorial. He saw me pull a tissue out of my purse and we smiled at each other and he winked at me. He was a WWII veteran I don't remember which branch just knew he was wearing his hat proudly. I had that ah ha feeling dad had had weeks before! My grandma Olive (dad's mom) passed away when I was young but I remember her loving her country she always wore an American flag on each of her outfits. I feel like I am a proud American like grandma but coming HOME from another country you feel so happy to be an American. I just wanted to get that down so I would remember how I felt today. Happy Memorial Day Everyone...

P.S. I have lots of pictures and will blog sometime this week about Italy and the Sue Spargo workshop mom and I attended! 

4 comments:

baukje said...

Hi Kori, thanks for this post. I also remember that my father always went to the memorial ceremony of WW11 in Holland. There always at eight o'clock 5 minutes of silence,. We were all standing there in front of the cityhall, in silence and then the we sang the national song.....
I am a follower now!!!!

Donna said...

Glad you are home safe, sound, inspired, grateful....
Can't wait to hear about the workshop and see the photos!

Dawn said...

Well said!
Thank you for sharing.

Vicki @ vickidesigner said...

Kori, congratulations to you and Josh. Congrats you are Country Living's vendor of the day. I am in awe that you are following your dream of having your own quilt shop. What a great story you shared on your blog. I will be following to see what happens next.