As a teacher I often wondered if giving kids the day off from school was a good way to “do” Veteran’s Day. I mean WHO mentions it while they’re sleeping late and watching cartoons (ouch)? The Dad of these grandkids of ours thought of it. See below.

Note from this wise son-in-law (the best son-in-law in our family of one daughter and 3 sons!)

In Covina they do a Veteran’s Day program called Field of Valor (http://covinafieldofvalor.org).  Some 2000 flags are placed in the ground and people can sponsor flags in the name of specific veterans.  I took the girls there today to give them a better understanding as to why they have the day off.

IMG_0177 IMG_0178 IMG_0179Note on these vets: Jack was in the Navy during Vietnam. Pop (Jack’s father) spent more than 4 years on the seas during WWII where his ships participated in several battles where ships were sunk and sailors died. The biggest battle was at night off of Guadalcanal during which his ship, the USS Washington, sunk a Japanese battleship.

http://youtu.be/nx9rIlfeaCY

Another reason not to prune in case you’re feeling like you ought to; play the youTube while you read. (a 420 character 9-line poem)

A reason not to prune.

My gone-amok hedgerows of low, thick shrubs; small trees;

those interior branches of cozy conifer tangled with bittersweet?

Hideaways for winter songbirds.

Finches, cardinals, jays, and juncos fly to what’s become an oasis

twixt the neighbor’s vacuumed lawns & our raised beds–

seed heads galore, but no protection.

Chittering mixed flocks dart in at dusk & share the space.

A reason not to prune.

PATTY

WHILE THIS HEDGEROW BEGINS WITH A LOVELY STONE FENCE AND IT ISN’T WINTER, THIS IS THE SOUND I’M HEARING FROM MY HEDGEROW. (The youTube works for yoga too!)

http://kgi.org/blogs/jensmith/choosing-wildlife-friendly-native-hedging-plants

http://www.discoverwildlife.com/wildlife-gardens/how-make-your-hedge-wildlife-friendly