Day 10- Naps
Some days you just need them. Yesterday was one of them. My mom and I were at my grandmother's house, again, trying to get some more work done over there. We made the mistake of grabbing some juicy, greasy, delicious and amazing In 'n' Out burgers for lunch. By the time we finished eating and they had a chance to settle in, it was nap time! We've been at this cleaning out thing for days, though, so we were already getting a little worn out to begin with. Heavy beef and starchy fries added to the equation. I curled up with a blanket on the floor of the living room and my mom stretched out on the couch. Before we knew it, we were out! Unfortunately, it wasn't a very productive nap (I mean, I was on the FLOOR) so I woke up feeling crummy, groggy, and stiff. We went home without accomplishing much. I got home and took a REAL nap on my bed and woke up from it feeling so much better. Mentally, physically, emotionally- this whole process has been trying, even if I do have some fun discovering my family's history. Just because some of it is enjoyable doesn't mean it doesn't take a toll! Anyway, naps... they should be mandatory. Daily. For adults.
Cat naps. Its a good thing they're cute.
Day 11- Veterans
This is obvious, but for not the reasons you think. I have family, both past and present, that have served in various branches of our armed forces. I have friends that have done the same. I appreciate that they made the sacrifice to represent our country and defend it as necessary. But, in many ways, Veteran's Day makes me very sad. Our veterans give up years of their lives, and in some instances lose their lives, and that is an amazing sacrifice that I'm not sure I'd have been able to do. We say "Thank you for your service" to them, but it doesn't appear our country is really all that thankful. So many of our veterans are homeless or struggling to make ends meet on public assistance. Many of our vets have untreated mental health issues. Many have physical issues. The VA has a backlog of 900,000+ claims it's processing for various issues that need to be addressed so that our vets can lead as close to normal lives as possible. Our elected officials keep cutting funding for them, too. That's not showing thanks for their service and sacrifice at all. Unfortunately, being unemployed, I can't really help in any way (donating to a good organization to assist veterans, for example) so, keeping all these things in mind, when I say I am thankful for their service, I really mean it. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you. That's all I have to give you veterans for now. Someday I hope to be part of a solution.
My grandpa Robert Kennedy. Served in the army in the early 1950's I believe.
My great uncle George. Served in the Navy sometime in the 1940's I think.