First World Problems-Dedication to The Heroes of Our Times

Lisa Tomey
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It has been hot. Not just a little, but a lot. Hot. Hot. Hot. I live in North Carolina. It is not unusual to have extreme temperature changes in the course of the day. But. This year, it is so hot that when we get in the pool, it feels like we are an ingredient for soup. We waited as long as we could to turn on the air conditioner. We just turned it on about two weeks ago. It was getting too humid and we finally gave in.

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Okay. These are First World Problems. Let’s get real. Here it is the eve of the 4th of July. There is some reference to being hotter than a firecracker on the 4th of July. Now, what about the real people who are suffering in the heat. They don’t have any of the luxuries we are used to. How about the troops who are in sweltering heat. How about all of the gear they have to carry. How about not getting an iced cold beverage, lucky if they have a bottle of water that is not warm to their throats. And then how about if they happen to step on a bomb… Kind of puts it in perspective, doesn’t it.

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It is the 4th of July Eve. Let us take a moment of silence and then some to think of those who don’t have even tepid pools to soak in…those who have fear but don’t show it and those who do. And how about hoisting up a cold one or two in dedication to these fine people who go in the trenches to make sure we are safe…those who take risks every day of their lives. And I don’t just mean on foreign soil. Any second of any day a troop can get that call. And you know what they will do? They will grab those heavy boots, put on those fatigues, kiss their spouses and babies goodbye and hope and pray that they are able to greet them again.

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Thank you for reading my post. I hope you are having a blessed day and that your 4th is a day of celebration. Make the most of it. We get this one.

Lisa Tomey

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Artist, Writer, Nature Enthusiast, Foodie, who is growing older gracefully, or not.

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