I got to do something this past weekend I realize many people no longer have the privilege of doing.

I visited my mother and father in the New Braunfels long-term care facility they now call home, and celebrated my mother’s 88th birthday.

It’s always been easy for me to remember the ages of my parents and siblings because my mom, when I was a young kid, “antiqued” our dining room chairs and painted the year each of us was born - mom and dad (1930), older brother (1954), older sister (1956), me (1959), and little sister (1963) – on our “special” chair.

I remember it feeling a bit odd if I didn’t sit in my designated chair, even when all six family members weren’t dining together, which, by the way, was rare.

The chairs are still at my parents’ home around their “good” dining room table … still useful furniture, 50 years later.

Oh what those chairs could tell if they could talk.

My mom still has, but no longer uses, several of the pots and pans I remember her using back in the 60s.

Hmmm.

Maybe the generations that came after my parents’ generation could learn something from that. If they did, they might not have the massive amounts of debt required to “Keep up with the Joneses.”

Two months before Hurricane Harvey, my parents still lived in their home and Rockport-Fulton was still intact.

Mom had a major stroke and then Harvey hit. Several months later dad moved to assisted living.

It was hard on them at first, just as I’m sure it will be hard on me if I’m lucky enough to live as long as they have lived.

It makes me very happy to see them so well taken care of, eating well, and not having to worry about all that “home stuff.”

My dad talks to everyone and my mom is the “perfect” resident, according to those who care for her.

Guess which gene I got????

Uproar about nationalism

OMG! The world is going nuts because President Trump loves nationalism, patriotism, etc. and dares to win an election against all odds with the slogan “Make America Great Again.”

The French President is decrying Trump’s “America First” agenda.

Were we not isolationists before, and then again, after World War I?

During a break at home Monday night, while reading a few newspapers and listening to the news (flipping back and forth between Fox and CNN … yes, I do that), I decided to quickly Google the words nationalism and patriotism since those two “words” seem to be causing an uproar (i.e. –Trump did it) this week.

For what it’s worth, nationalism is a patriotic feeling, principles, or efforts. One of its synonyms is … wait for it … wait … wait … you got it … patriotism.

Patriotism is the quality of being patriotic; vigorous support for one’s country.

Why people think this is bad is beyond me. It’s bad enough a growing number of United States citizens (and non-citizens), don’t believe we should first take care of America and its citizens.

Thinking this way would be similar to having an airline flight attendant announce, “Attach your child’s oxygen first, before taking care of yourself.”

If I really need to explain the logic behind what flight attendants actually announce (adults, put your oxygen mask on first), well …

I often wonder if the countries the good ol’ USA helped save in WWI and WWII don’t quite understand why strength is good.

One can’t be strong if he or she doesn’t take care of himself or herself.

Trump understood that, and he milked it all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Kudos to Bennett

With all the embarrassing voting shenanigans in Florida – again – I think it’s only right to recognize the good work Aransas County Elections Administrator Michele Bennett does for us. That goes for her staff and all the dedicated election clerks, as well.

I don’t recall a controversial election result (i.e. – missing ballot boxes) in the 34-plus years I’ve been here.

There are some who believe Russia is our biggest election threat.

There are some who believe former President Obama was born in Kenya or some country other than the United States.

Here’s my idea. Why not take everyone who still believes either of the aforementioned statements as irrefutable fact, and ship them off to Canada with the disgruntled Hollywood types … or, better yet, to France, where they can join the French President in his one world order beliefs. They would all get along … until it was time for an election!

In the meantime, the rest of us can sit here in Aransas County and be real productive doing things like wondering when anything close to normal weather will return.

Now that’s important stuff.

Until next week, have a good week.

Mike Probst can be reached at publisher@rockportpilot.com.

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