Entitlement. We often hear about people who are using government benefits talked about as if they feel they are entitled when actually a majority of people have just fallen on hard times. Not everyone who has had to receive government benefits is lazy or does not have the desire to work.
The Fourth is over and we are all settling back into a regular routine as we prepare to finish out summer. Most of you, like me, spent last week celebrating the birth of our nation. We had a cookout, saw some fireworks, wore our patriotic shirts, and tried to escape the heat.
Here it is again, staring us right in the face, my second favorite holiday, the Fourth of July. Second favorite because my love of haunted houses, scary movies, and costumes ranks Halloween number one with me. The Fourth runs a close second place though. The year is halfway over and Summer is in full swing.
I have this tough woman persona that I generally present to the public. Strong woman, raised by strong women type of thing. I am beyond friendly, treat everyone with general kindness, and never let them see me sweat. I have to admit that I am very tender-hearted under the carefully put together surface.
For my readers who do not know me personally this week I am going to talk about my nephew, Mason. He is not technically my blood relative, but he is now and forever will be my nephew. No one can tell me nor him any different.
This weekend I was scrolling through my Facebook timeline and I saw this posted and it broke my heart. It is a rather long post so bare with me.
It’s not officially Summer yet by the calendar terms, but with temperatures crawling into the high nineties and school letting out, sweet summertime has been declared in the South. It’s officially time for front porch sittin’, creek swimmin’, cookouts, watermelon, and all of the other wonderful things we southerners enjoy this time of year.
This weekend I changed things up a little bit. I attended my first ever chicken auction and yes you guessed it I am now a chicken “momma.” Luckily, I still had a little sanity left and let the pigs and goats go by without even bidding on them.
Since 1949, May has been considered Mental Health Awareness month. With one in five Americans suffering from some sort of mental illness and one in 25 suffering from a serious mental health condition this has turned into an epidemic among every race and age. Suicide has become the 10th leading cause of death.