People are good about saying “hello” to the dogs and me. We have lots of first-name acquaintances in our neighborhood and a few streets in adjoining neighborhoods. Some of these folks want to have a conversation, tell me about their grandchildren, talk about our dogs, and there’s always the weather.
The dogs like almost all these first-name acquaintances and that endorsement is good enough for me. If the border collie and terrier say “you’re OK,” I’m in.
Lots of neighbors are retired, some from the military. I have just enough exposure to the armed services and service members to carry on a reasonable exchange with the former E-8 Master Sergeant, Air Force Major, Army Colonel. These folk, by and large, are pleasant and intelligent. Without exception, they like dogs.
There are the few Super Patriots. All rah, rah, USA bumper stickers, decoration on doors and mailboxes, and flags for federal holidays. These show-the-flag holidays include Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans’ Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and all the Hallmark card days for mothers, fathers, grandparents, and, of course, Valentine’s Day. Any excuse to display the Stars and Stripes. Good folk and dog approved.
One neighbor, however, has me in a muddle with banners (yes, multiples for different seasons) that read “Never Forget.” That’s fine except I can never remember what it is that I’m supposed to Never Forget.
Remember the Maine? Remember the Alamo? Remember Pearl Harbor?
Keep the battle of Concord bridge right at the front of your mind? Ticonderoga? Lake Erie? Breed’s Hill? The Muse-Argonne? The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory? Shiloh or Gettysburg? Cu-Chi? New Market? Tet, 1968? Khe Sanh? Hue? The Gulf of Tonkin? The massacre at Haymarket Square? Bloody Mingo?
There’s too many.
These folks with the banner are friendly people and I would never disrespect them. So, that’s great, put out the Never Forget banner, but please include more information. Which event do I need to remember? And for how long? And please remind me when it’s time to change events. I’m so muddled I really do need help.