Happy Memorial Day

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I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
He’d stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers’ tears?
How many pilots’ planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves?
No, freedom isn’t free.
I heard the sound of TAPS one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That TAPS had meant “Amen,”
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn’t free.

          – Kelly Strong

 

*Memorial Day is a US federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered. The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end

Tsuki’s World : Lucky Me!

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Here’s my previous post

Hey everybody I’m back! And better than ever. So many things have happened and yes I am sill on my quest for world domination! (it’s a little difficult when you’re human isn’t a good minion) But before I start I would be remiss not to mention that I’m a lucky girl; but some of my friends aren’t as lucky  and a lot of them are still waiting for a human to adopt and to find their forever home so if you live in the Chicago area and looking for a feline master I would suggest this wonderful organization called Hyde Park Cats  (that’s where my human found me!!!) or your local no-kill shelter.

The last time I checked in I spoke about that horrific incident where my human took me to the veterinarian and they stuck a thermometer in my…. well you get where I’m going with it… well I had a little cancer scare (mammary cancer happened to be the third most common cancer in cats) and am pleased to report that I’m healthy and cancer free, it was benign and I am officially in the 0.9% !!! As I said before I’m a really, really lucky girl.

20140522_151736Speaking of lucky I won a contest… one of my human’s favorite blogs, Sometimes, Cats Herd You held a contest sponsored by Simple Solution for their 30 Day Super Absorbent Litter. My human was one of 3 people to win! And what is she gonna go with her booty? So I get to reap all the benefits…

I have officially taken on the role as night time escort. My human get’s up a lot in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, and since I know her sight is not as good as mine; and I’m afraid she might get lost… once I went outside I and got20140520_192001 lost and I never found my human again so I make sure that I escort her to the bathroom anytime she needs to go; I wait for her, make sure she’s goes back to bed; then grab a quick nibble before going back to bed beside her… there are even  times during the day time she goes to the  bathroom and she takes too long  and I get worried and have to make sure she’s okay…my human …what am I going to do with her??

No one can keep a secret in this house, everyone is taking about going on vacation, since I’m not a fan of the outside or the water I’ve insisted that my human take me to a hotel where I can be pampered and spoiled. I’m excited, I’m getting a pink manicure to match my sparkly collar ;but my human is very worried, she keeps assuring me that she loves me and that she would never leave me there; I think she’s worried that I’m going to think that she’s abandoning me, I know that’s not the case, She’s MY human and I’m stuck with her until the very end…have any of your feline masters been to a pet hotel? I’d like to know how it was… what should I pack?

Two days ago I got by brand new MeowBox and boy am I excited! I mean REALLY excited! As always I got lots and lots of goodies and this month’s box was chock full of CATNIP!!!

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I got some awesome stuff:

The human said I can only use one toy at a time, something about being dazed and in a frenzy… HA!! What does she know, a lady always knows how to stay composed.

Well maybe she has a tiny point

And before I leave, check out my instagram… I require that my human posts at least once a day! Well I have to go, my human wants to watch Frozen

Meow,

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