Why Do I Raise The Flag?

Why Do I Raise The Flag?

— Read on srbottch.com/2020/05/23/why-do-i-raise-the-flag/

I wrote this a year ago and decided it was worthy of reposting, today, July 4th, Independence Day.

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Retired in 2013 after 5 years as an elementary school teacher and 40 years as a sales representative to begin anew as a school crossing guard. SMy essays/stories are a way to communicate through the telling of personal experiences. One reader said about my blog stories, "...these are like a cold sip during a marathon run, simple, real life events". Another offered about my blog, “it brings some sense of normalcy not easily found in the modern world.”

23 thoughts on “Why Do I Raise The Flag?”

    1. Thank you very much. Robbie. I’m concerned that American patriotism might be on the wane. The US is going through some tough times now and I think ‘identity politics’ has some bearing. And people aren’t reading their history. By the way, thank you for viewing my Instagram pics. How’s your dad?

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      1. Hi Steve, it is difficult to tell how my dad is to be honest. He is breathing better than last week before we started treatment and had a good day yesterday until the evening. Then all the injection sites started to ooze blood and I had a panic attack. I thought he had internal bleeding. I phoned the doctor in emergency and he was able to help me over the phone. Today he has been very tired and doesn’t look good. I’ll know more on Wednesday. Thanks for asking. Hugs.

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      2. Robbie, is he home with you, not in a hospital? You have your hands full. Make sure that you keep your strength with ample rest. Taking care of others is a demanding job. Keep up your spirits, your cheerfulness can be a positive elixir. I’ll keep your dad in my thoughts, and you, as well. I bet you have a legion of followers thinking positive thoughts for you both. Keep in touch.

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      3. Hi Steve, I just gave dad the last evening injections. He would normally be in ICU in hospital under constant surveillance with this treatment as it is very dangerous. You can get internal bleeding. He couldn’t be admitted because the hospitals are full of covid patients so it is to dangerous and there are no beds available. Monitoring him has been quite stressful for me, but only 1 more injection tomorrow and then we see doctor in the afternoon. Going to the hospital feels like putting your head in the lion’s mouth with all the covid but I have good gear for both of us. I will let you know how things go tomorrow after our visit. Thank you for your kind thoughts.


      4. I didn’t realize the Covid was still that bad there. Do you have vaccines, yet? I understand how you can be stressed. My goodness. He’s fortunate to have you as a caregiver. I wish you the best and feel free to write to me about it. Sometimes, it’s good to have someone to tell your woes. Take care.


  1. It always gives me a good feeling to see our American pride. Our country has its share of problems, and we’re far from perfect, but I think most Americans are decent people when it comes right down to it.

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  2. I enjoyed reading your stories, Steve and I am sure you will feature in many an anecdote told by the children you have educated, in future times.They will all remember you fondly. Anne


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