Back in the Dark Ages when I was growing up, this holiday was called Armistice Day. That was because the Armistice for WWI was signed on November 11--and that was called The War to End All Wars.
So after WWII, and the Korean Conflict, the name was changed to honor all of the veterans of all of the services.
Today my son, my daughters-in-law, and the Conn. grandkids went up to visit my Dad (US Army, WWII) at the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke, where they honor our veterans every day of the year. My brother (Navy, Vietnam--he was a medic) and my son (Navy, 20 years in subs) are in my thoughts today too.
Someone sent me this idea, which I thought was great, so I'm passing it on. When you are making out your holiday card list this year,also include one for the following address:
A Recovering American Soldier
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20307-5001
If you approve of the idea, please pass it on. If you know of another address for recovering personnel, please let me know, and I'll put it out here. Regardless of how you feel about the war, or the current administration, our troops are doing the best they can for all of us, and they deserve to be remembered.
(Climbs down from the podium and shakes herself.)
So what, you may ask, did I do today, since I'm about 3000 miles from Holyoke?
I went to the Barbie Doll Show. I even took some pictures, so you could share the wonders.
Barbie has a great wardrobe, and there are seamstresses and stylists out there who love to design for her. There are people who collect only t he newest Barbies in their boxes, and keep them pristine; there are people who only collect vintage Barbies; and there is a whole range in between.
There is something for everyone at the show.
There's even good people-watching if, like me, you don't collect Barbies. (I bring a friend, who doesn't drive much, and wouldn't make it that far unless I drove.) The vendors are friendly and knowledgeable, and there are always the folks who like to dress (and style their hair and makeup) to look like Barbie. Yeah, me not so much.
PS: ET was trolling eBay--I keep telling her and telling her to avoid the occasions of sin, but she doesn't listen--and scored some Skye Tweed in Tapestry! Yeah, ummm, she also found some other goodies...but today all she got was the Skye Tweed.
Honest. Would ET lie to me?