Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Blowing Up the Medley

We're back on Wednesday with the Medley! It's all about V-J Day today so get your history hats on. Join us to find out how many meddlers remember the stories their history books told them. 

1.  I'm sure many kids today have no idea what V-J Day is all about. If they go to school they do. Unless they forgot. Did you have a loved one who fought in WWII? Not a loved one but a couple relatives I never knew because they died during that one and I wasn't born until a loooong time after. 
2.  The iconic sculpture from the famous photograph of  "The Unconditional Surrender" has been defaced recently because of the #metoo movement. I know we can get very political about this subject, but just keeping it in the spirit for which it was created, what are your thoughts? love in 1945? Surely if she had objections she would have fought him off? I think it was more of being caught up in the excitement of the moment as opposed to an attack. I will say he should be very glad I wasn't the one he grabbed regardless of the reason. 
3.  Terri's grandson, Tristan, loved playing a game called "Axis & Allies".  It was quite complicated, took up the entire dining room table, and was not something Terri wanted to play (Grandpa understood it and played though).  Can you name three Axis countries and five of the many Allies (okay to look it up!)? Axis: Germany, Japan, Italy. Allies: US, Great Britain, Soviet Union, and China were the main players. I think. I was a history major as an undergraduate until I had Dr. Webb. That switch to a double major in psychology and sociology happened speedy quick. LOL
4.  Terri was surprised to learn that most historians agree that WWII began when Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. Others say it started when Japan invaded Manchuria on September 18, 1931. And some scholars suggest WWII is actually a continuation of WWI, with a break in between.  Have you ever visited Pearl Harbor in Hawaii or any other WWII memorials around the world? Nope. War memorials are not my thing. 
5.  Calvin Graham was only 12 years old during WWII when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He won a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart before the Navy found out how old he was.  (God bless him.) Terri doesn't know any 12-year olds today who could qualify or get away with something like that.  Times are so very different now but (in the US) we do have ROTC in high schools.  Do you know anyone who started in ROTC and went on to enlist in one of the services? I don't. 
6.  Please tell us something about your week so far. It's the week before school starts for students so Lula Mae's school is closed until Monday which means I'm enjoying some granddaughter time. We took her to Opie's on Monday for some cousin time. 

While we were watching the birds having breakfast on the deck this morning, Lula Mae noticed my very first wildflower bloom! "It's PINK Amma!"  Yes, it is sweet love! We were so excited. Some of you know I've been waiting all summer for these things to bloom and was just about to give up hope when this happened. We are so excited about watching for others to bloom, now.

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  1. Your wreaths are beautiful, Pam. And so are those grandchildren. I love that she calls you Amma! Thanks for joining the Medley today! Your responses are appreciated. I had to look up the countries to make sure I was correct. Happy Wednesday!

  2. Grinning over the history and becoming sociology/ psychology major, smiles

    The grandchildren are just plum lovely, smiles.


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