Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day, a work of fiction

don't know if you will believe me or not, but I was on the subway last night and something strange happened. I can't tell you what city or country, leave that to your imagination.

Slowly the subway came to a stop and as the doors slide open, he slid in. He was tall, six feet at least, maybe taller. His brown hair stood up in many directions. He wore an olive drab battle dress uniform; a garrison cap clung tightly in his left hand, and in his right hand held a strap as he was carrying a canvas duffel bag--the same color as his uniform. It appeared heavy as he wobbled to the seat directly across from me.

He had huge dark circles under his eyes and he avoided my curious stare. It was as if he was just now, coming home from war. I imagined him tired and weary from his long journey home, and I wondered. Why hadn't he arrived before now? One lone tear trickled down his gray, gaunt face dropping into his lap. I stared intently at the wet spot it created, and I felt the urge to offer him a tissue. I suppressed it, and at that moment, the subway came to a stop and he rose and exited while I watched in awe.

Don't forget the men and women that gave their lives, so we can continue to live in peace.

As for my soldier, he is still making his way home. If you 
spot him let him continue on his way, the journey is long, and I know one day he will make it home.

Don't ask don't tell

If there is hope for our country, it should be that we are united as one. Repealing the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy will unite us forever. Things were much different now then when it was enacted. Life free from discrimination of any kind should be important to all of us.

It would not change the military as a whole. There is a structure in place and rules to follow like always.

"Oh no, we would have to give them benefits," some would say. Straight people have been abusing the military for years now. They get married so they can get more money, and in some cases they live their separate lives. I know people that have done this. I know that's not the case with the majority.

I remember a story of a woman that was in the Air Force, she knew the girl she shared with was a lesbian. "You stay on yours side, and I'll stay on mine," she told her.

Her response. "What makes you think you're even my type?" That made her think and laugh, and later they became the best of friends.

Keep your religion views to yourself. There is suppose to be a separation of state and church. Unless I was asleep when god came, and personally did a CNN interview. Don't speak for him--or wave a bible in my face.

If they are willing to put their lives on the line for our country, they deserve the respect they are due.

I'm a strong supporter of the gay community, and I remember the first time I entered a gay bar. I saw total freedom for the first time in my life, freedom from persecution. They live lives like we all do, have relationship issues, children like the rest of us. They deserve the same rights as us, marriage too. I know first hand what it's like to be gay I was just over one year ago, I think that makes me bi-sexual. I hate labels and hate people constantly judging everyone else, can't we all just get along.

Starting Over

Starting over is never an easy thing to do, but often its essential. I have gone into a negative direction that I'm not happy with. I want to write something thought provoking, and I feel that has not been the case. My goal is to set myself away from the pack, not continue to run with it because it's easier. Nothing in life is ever easy, and we need to remember that. Going forward, I will be writing blogs about things I feel strong about. Writing updates will be given when they become positive.