Volume 7 Issue 13_Sun Bay Paper

The Sun Bay Paper Page 23 January 7, 2022 - January 13, 2022 As I re-read last week’s Patriot page title “Since 1776.......Never Have True Patriots Been Needed More” I reflected on what being patriotic means to me….. I was always taught to love and respect my country growing up – it was kind of an unspoken love we had in our family, not something we talked of often. Being a “First Generation” meaning I was ‘Foreign Born’ we were raised to be American, we weren’t ever told we were Italian/Americans…. NO…. we were Americans. Honestly, I never really thought of myself in any other way. Yes I was born in Italy, am of Italian heritage (my family tree is all Italian as far as any research I’ve done shows) but I was raised here…. In America…. As an American, that loves this country and feels patriotic! We received the following piece in response to our last ‘Patriotic Page’ calling for Patriots. My Patriotism Story – Love and Respect For Country and Family I grew up in a town where the biggest summer celebration occurred around July 24th – our city’s “Pioneer Days” and so it was then I felt the pride of my ancestors. It wasn’t until I married into the Trotter family that I was totally enveloped in what it meant to be “proud to be an American.” In his family, that is something they are extremely proud of. My husband’s grandfather was a paratrooper in World War II. His time in the war was hard on him and on their family and it had life-changing effects, but we are all proud of his service and know the value of freedom because of it. Growing up, I always took it for granted. I live within 15 miles of a major air force base. I grew up with the jets flying overhead on a daily basis. We just learned to break our conversations when the jets came by. One of the first times my father-inlaw came to visit, he was awed by them. He looked all around to see the jet passing by and I then realized that sound of freedom was something to enjoy and admire. What sparks feelings of patriotism? There are other things that spark patriotism in our lives as well. I always feel patriotic when I vote. What a gift to be able to exercise our freedoms at the voting booth! Politics have become quite polarized over the last few years and so taking my opinions and beliefs into the voting booth means more to me now than ever. Election Day is often a time I reflect and write in my journal my thoughts on freedom. These last few weeks I had an interesting experience as my husband, son and I visited Louisiana, a place rich with my family history in my husband’s family. As we have done some family history research, we have discovered we both had family members who fought in the Civil War. I was humbled as we visited a cemetery in New Orleans and found what we thought was the grave of my husband’s great-greatuncle. He was placed in a soldier’s grave only with a number. I don’t know his whole story or why he fought, but as I walked through that cemetery and looked at countless graves with veterans buried in grave after grave from many different wars I felt a deep sense of not only patriotism but gratitude. How I love, honor, and respect those that fought for my freedom. Celebrating with Meaning As the years have passed, our Independence Day celebrations have been constant. We would go to Provo, watch the parade and the hot air balloons and then head to grandma’s for a huge barbecue, epic water fight and of course, a nap. About 20 years ago, those festivities changed a bit when my oldest daughter declared her independence by being on born on the Fourth of July. We then added in flag cake, ice cream and sparkler candles. It has always given the holiday even extra meaning for our family. For me, Independence Day celebrations really begin on Memorial Day. I love visiting the cemeteries to see flags lining the roadways or carefully placed at grave markers for those who served or who gave the ultimate sacrifice for my freedom. The feeling of patriotism lingers as the days move to flag day and then ultimately Independence Day. Recently we visited Grandpa Trotter’s grave on Memorial Day and my heart was full when I saw that little flag by his grave. It’s about freedom. For many, Independence Day is one of their favorite holidays, only rivaled by Christmas in some cases. Why? The feelings. The family. The fun. Family almost always gathers for the big day. I know some families that focus their reunions around that day or that weekend. Shopping is done to find the best red, white and blue to weaR. Hamburgers and hot dogs are found on almost every grill and watermelon rinds are in every garbage can. It’s the essence of summer, but it’s something more. We all need to celebrate freedom and all it represents. As the coming of the new year reminds me of all we have all endured in our “Pandemic War” I am hopeful that we can come together as a Nation and remember that we are first and foremost......Americans! Ed. Note: What is your patriotism story? When have you felt that feeling in your heart – buttons bursting with pride because of your love of the red, white and blue? As our country becomes increasingly polarized, it may be important for our youth to understand the source of our patriotism and remember why our country exists. Or consider where were you on significant dates in the history of our country. Those memories have value as well. Where were you on 9-11, how did your life change? etc Please share your patritic story or one of a friend/family member... help stir up some Patriotism in the USA... God knows we need it! What is Your Patriotism Story? You hear it all the time, but do you know what it means to live below your means? Have you figured out how to do that? To live below your means is to choose a lifestyle you can pay for with the money you have and still have some left over. Living below your means that in this high-pressure, creditbased, gotta-have-it-all-right-now culture is not exactly easy. It takes skill and determination to go against the tide and buck a system that encourages spending all we have now plus what we hope we'll get in the future. It takes the strength of character to protest the message that you can have it all now and pay for it later. Here's the secret to living below your means: Buy what you need. Want what you have. That's it - - eight words that could change your life forever, eight words that point the way to contentment. So how can we practice contentment, embrace those eight words and live well in a culture where everywhere we turn, we're tempted to live beyond our income? Insulate-Choosing to be grateful for what you have is the way to build a layer of insulation around your life that will protect you from focusing on what you don't have. Reading the fine print and taking the time to analyze the real cost is a good way to increase that protective insulation. Taking the time to add up the real cost of that new car you have your eye on can make your older, albeit paid for, vehicle look a lot better. Isolate-If you are easily dissatisfied or prone to impulsive behaviors, identify your weak spots, and then remove yourself from them. Turn off the television. Skip past the magazine ads and Pinterest. Isolate yourself from mindless shopping. Toss mail-order catalogs in the trash unopened. Put distance between you and temptation. Avoid places where you are most likely to slip back into your old ways of spending beyond your means. Self-Talk-Confronting yourself is a great way to build your strength against the strong current of temptation to spend beyond your ability to pay. Ask yourself these questions, and then expect honest answers: Do I need this?-Don't I have something already that will do just as well? Am I sure this is a good value? Do I have the cash to pay for it? Could I delay the purchase for a few weeks? Am I willing to sit on my decision for 24 hours before acting? Never feel you must apologize for choosing the high road when it comes to managing well the money that flows into your life. If you're embarrassed to say, "I can't afford it," say instead, "I just don't choose to spend my money that way." Living below your means creates margin between you and the financial edge. Living below your means is the way to build wealth, reduce stress and increase options. Living below your means increases peace of mind. Living below your means is an honorable way to conduct your life. Mary Hunt 8 Little Words That Can Change Your Life