I hope you’re having fun at a barbecue, grilling and drinking or sitting by a pool which is most likely where I’ll be later. It’s funny how we celebrate those who have served and died for the country by having barbecues and drinking. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining and I’m thrilled to have the day off from work, so if that’s not something to thank all the dead soldiers for, I don’t know what is.
I also want to say that I really have a lot of admiration for anyone who signs up for the military. I’ve always had a soft spot for military men, I don’t know if it’s the uniforms or the heroic nature of what they do, but I used to show my appreciation for them a lot when I was younger by making out with every one of them that I could find. When I was 22 and living in St. Thomas for a little while, an aircraft carrier with about 700 Navy guys docked off shore and all the sailors came on to the island. I guess I don’t have to tell you how appreciative I was and I let them know it.
It’s how I show my patriotism. Some people wave flags, I make out with soldiers. Is that a problem?
I’m also fascinated by women who join the military, mostly because they don’t have hair and makeup priorities, but also because they are willing to go through boot camp, and there’s just no way I can even imagine putting myself through that by choice. Someone yelling at me, bossing me and waking me up at ridiculous hours out of a dead sleep to go exercise is bullshit, and quite frankly, I have a feeling I’d go A.W.O.L faster than you can say “gays in the military.”
But considering that this is Memorial Day, some of the memories I have are those of military funerals. I remember helping my Dad fold the American flags that would be put in the corner of the tops of the caskets during the service to remind everyone that they had served in the military. And some of the most touching but sad moments were at the cemetery, when my dad would present the American flag to the family or the widow of the soldier who had served. Someone who believes in their country enough to go to battle for it and be willing to die for it is pretty remarkable in my opinion, and I am very thankful for all of the men and women who have made the choice to defend our country if necessary, especially those who have died doing it.
However, for me, I can’t think of a better way to show my patriotism and gratitude for all they’ve done, than to eat, drink, and make out with military men. But unfortunately, there are no soldiers walking around the streets like there are in other countries or I would be really busy today.
Be sure to thank any military people you know for all that they do, and if you want to put your tongue in their mouth as an act of gratitude, I am behind you 100%. Have a fun and safe Memorial Day!