I have been seeing “Happy 11/11/11!” … “What’s your wish?” … and “Happy Corduroy Day” on Twitter all morning — It’s fun to have a date that has a neat order. Like my birthday last year, was 8/9/10. (Now you know my birthday, I expect a party next year, haha.) It’s nice to have a day where I can be lazy and just write a bunch of straight lines for the date… And this date certainly satisfies my OCD.
Today is the ultimate wishing day. And I am sure there will be thousands of people watching the clock for it to be 11:11 a.m. and then again being 11:11 p.m., ready to make their ultimate wish. A lot of people make wishes at 11:11 every day. I don’t make wishes anymore — my wishing time used to be 12:34. But this being the “ultimate” wishing day, I have decided to make a wish.
Today is not only 11/11/11, it is also Veteran’s Day. Instead of obsessing over how “cool” this day is, I wish that everyone on my timeline would take the time to thank a veteran for what he or she has done for this country. We all know one. At least one. I have many friends and relatives that have served. My grandpa is a veteran; I am proud of what he did for the US when he was younger. And for that, I thank him. I also wish to thank the vets I don’t know. Past, present and future. There is nothing more honorable in my mind, than to be willing to give up time with one’s family and friends, and if needed, one’s life, so that I can rest peacefully at night.
We, as Americans, think we are entitled to our freedom. If we suddenly lost it, we would whine about how we “deserve” it. NEWS FLASH: Freedom isn’t free. It may be free to you, but someone… several someones… paid an ultimate price for it. And I can’t think of anything better to wish for on this day.
“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” -John 15:13