1. The Hodgepodge lands on June 14th this week, Flag Day in the US of A. Do you fly your country's flag at home? Sometimes, often, or every single day? Have you ever visited the city of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia)? Did you make a point of seeing The Betsy Ross House? Have you ever made a trip to Baltimore? If so, was Fort McHenry on your itinerary? (where Francis Scott Key was inspired to write The Star Spangled Banner)
Normally we do fly a flag, but we haven't put a pole or any other sort of holder out in the new house yet. On our to-do list.
Along with 101 other things.
As far as those two cities go, I've lived near both a fair chunk of my life. I've been to the Betsy Ross House on more than one occasion, but in all the years we lived near Baltimore I never visited Ft. McHenry. The Betsy Ross House is pretty touristy, and I think most historians question the validity of Miss Ross actually stitching up the flag right there. Still, Philly is full of wonderful history and a great place to visit.
2. Red flag or white flag? Which have you encountered most recently? Explain.
Probably a white flag. We've had a lot going on here of late, and I've had to adjust my expectations in terms of how this summer might look. I wrote about it here, if you are curious.
3. Are you a stay in the car listen to the end of a song kind of person? What kind of person is that?
Absolutely. Hubs and I both are. We've been known to pull into our garage and sit there through more than one or four songs if they keep playing ones we love.
What kind of person is that? I think a sentimental person, a person for whom music and memory are linked in a way that's hard to define. In the words of Eric Church...'funny how a melody, sounds like a memory...' In fact let's just go ahead and play the whole thing, because he's captured it-
If you don't get what this song has to do with this question, then you're probably not someone who sits in the car and listens to the end of a song.
I don't think there's any such thing as a perfect dad, and I also think love covers a multitude of imperfections when it comes to parenting. I felt like that needed saying before I answered the question.
I think a good dad is a man of integrity, a man who sets a good example for his family in all areas of life (no pressure-ha!), he provides for the physical needs of his children and loves sacrificially. He's available to his children, makes them a priority, and encourages them in their giftings and endeavours. He extends grace and mercy in abundance, and treats his children's mother with the utmost kindness and respect always.
A good dad recognizes he has been given an awesome responsibility and asks God regularly for wisdom and guidance. He teaches his children to do the same.
As far as expressions go there are several. There was something my dad used to yell when it was time to come to the table, and I think it was in Japanese. I tried to find the phrase by searching phonetically but no luck. We thought it was hilarious.
Another expression would be, 'You look like a hoot owl in a bush.' If you came to breakfast with bed head you could expect to hear this one. I used to say it to my girls and somehow they morphed it into 'You look like a hootie in the woodie' so that's how we've always said it in our house. Still makes me think of my dad.
5. What's one rule you always disagreed with while growing up? Is that rule somehow still part of your adult life? Is that a good or bad thing?
Eat all your vegetables?
I love vegetables now, so nobody ever has to tell me to
6. Insert your own random thought here.
Have you ever posted anything on Facebook Live? Are you on Instagram (I'm at Daleyshots) ? Do you use the Instagram story feature? Tell me one of your favorites to follow there.