Memorial Day... Time to reflect on Fathers and sons.

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., NHRE# 02863

 

Memorial Day means different things to different generations.

As I mowed the lawn last night I had time to reflect on yard work, my father and my son and the different meaning my generation feels about most holidays and our chores.

 

  My father went to Korea and by that I don’t mean he asked to go. He was sent because America told him it was his duty.I never argued when I was told to mow the lawn shovel the walk ways or do my chores around the house, my old man was a veteran and worked hard to put a roof over our heads.

 

 I was 12 when Vietnam ended; I was old enough to see the news reels and meet my Baby sitter's boyfriend who returned from that war not completely intact. He was sent because his country thought he was needed over there and it was his duty so he went.

 

As I mowed the lawn last night while my healthy teenage son played with his friends I wondered if I was teaching my son to be lazy. I admit I enjoyed the fresh air and the exercise that yard work provides, but was there something more to my doing this than forcing my son to do chores as his duty.

 

 My father and I work(ed) hard to support our families and many would argue that the youth these days have it easy. Maybe they do but that is why adults work and do their duty to make it better for the next generation. My son’s duty is to do well in school so he will have a better life than his grandfather and I.

 

So let the children play so long as they know that a Holiday is not just a day off from school but is a recognition for a day this Country honors our fallen and returning hero’s. They didn’t get to pick the wars their country sent them to fight they went as their duty, and we should honor that service.

 

My son is a sophomore, goes to school before 7am is on three varsity teams, is a straight “A” student, plays Jazz Guitar, and is assigned to a handicapped boy in his summer councilors job at the parks and recreation camp. Do I care that he doesn’t want to be a clerk at a store (like I was at 16) not at all. Does he understand young men only a few years older than him are in harms  way on the other side of our planet? Yes he does.

 

 I’m proud of my father his country asked him to do his duty, and I’m proud of my son his duty will be somewhere else but it will be no less important to his country when he decides what it is.

 

  So I will continue to work and  I honor my Father and my Son today...Memorial Day

 

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Alan May
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not every son needs to be sent into harm's way to be a dutiful son.  A straight A sophomore on 3 varsity teams is learning many day to day lessons, and is learning much by having his loving father around.  don't underestimate the impact that being part of a loving family and sharing that day to day rhythm can have.

this is the dream, you know.  sons that stay home, and never, ever have to go to war.  Enjoy the dream... don't question it.

May 25, 2009 01:51 AM #1
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Steve Loynd
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Alan... Thanks we honor the people who shape our lives everyday that we choose to get out of bed, these people that we honor don't have to be our elders. Youth is not wasted on the young it is there privilege and their freedom that they can choose their path.

May 25, 2009 02:39 AM #2
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Sharon Tara
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What a beautiful and heartfelt post!  I agree that the youth of today are quite different from in the past.  They expect more and don't always want to work as hard to get it.  It sounds like your son is putting in more than his fair share.  He will find his success and continue to make you proud, I'm sure!

May 25, 2009 04:20 AM #3
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Steve Loynd
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Sharon... I am proud of both generations father and son, thanks for responding to my post.

May 25, 2009 04:32 AM #4
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Sheldon Neal
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Wonderful tribute to your dad, your son, and all fathers and sons alike.

Nicely written Steve, and I think your son is going to make you even prouder as time goes on.

May 25, 2009 06:28 AM #5
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Steve Loynd
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Sheldon.. I'm already proud of my son: he wants to be a nuclear physicist when he gets older, talks about running in the Olympics or being a musician. I never thought about doing any of those things, I hope he keeps dreaming big but I'll be proud no matter what he does. Thanks for the comment. Steve

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Hi Steve!  What a beautifully written, heartfelt post--and a wonderful tribute to fathers and sons and those who serve our country.  I agree that the mentality of those who serve is far superior to most of us--I agree with your work ethic--our military is serving us today, why NOT work!

Happy Memorial Day!

Debe in Charlotte

May 25, 2009 08:31 AM #7
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Steve Loynd
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Debe...thank you, vigilance and hard work are the corner stone of our freedom and are children's happiness.

 Happy Memorial Day to you as well. Steve

May 25, 2009 10:32 AM #8
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Steve...I missed going to Nam by about 6 months.   But I remember several family members that came back and many of the stories they told!

May 25, 2009 01:20 PM #9
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Steve Loynd
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Bill... I missed Vietnam by about 6 years which is no time at all in our history of war, lucky not to have gone

May 25, 2009 01:34 PM #10
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