On my drive into town today this is what I saw, I gasped. This is my closest neighbor, and the flag is upside-freakin'-down!!!!
My insides went upside down too, I am always distressed when I see someone disrespect the flag intentionally. This happens to be the second offense in 48 hours, the other one was someone using a very large American Flag as a window covering...it was in a creepy neighborhood on a house with a lot of dead cars so I let it pass.
My understanding is that when a citizen flies their flag with the union down it is a signal of dire distress, there is extreme danger to life or property. It has also recently been a sign of distress over the porous state of our border policy.
But my neighbors? This lovely retired couple? I really like them, they've been here for at least twenty years. They're intelligent, kind and caring. I'll never forget the day that she drove over in her Mercedes sedan, I was working in my yard. We were young farmers without a lot of extra money, if there was anything extra it went into farming...not flower gardens. She popped her trunk and it was full of plants, she said she had been watching me work for days and thought I needed some plants. She went out into her yard and split some of her perennials, put them in her trunk and drove them over. After we unloaded the plants she helped me decide where to put them, before she left she told me to come over to her house the next day, with the farm truck and a shovel because she had more plants for me...I'll never forget that day.
Why is it that this public display of displeasure with the state of our country distresses me so?
Perhaps I'm a bit envious of their bravery. It's one thing to worry about it, expressing your concern quietly among your friends. But holy smokes, to let it fly in the front yard? Yikes.
Yep, I say that's brave.