Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Wordpress Daily Prompt: Honorific

October 16th is officially declared “Person X Day” — and you get to pick Person X. Tell us about someone who deserves to be commemorated. 

Photographers, artists, poets: show us HONOR.

Sunset over Feldbrunnen

What a choice. Do I choose my mother, my father, my Mr. Swiss, my cats? I suppose that would be the idea, someone that has formed you, looked after you, and made you what you are today. That would of course be honorific and the good thing to do, but how to choose; a difficult choice and perhaps a selfish choice. We have many unsung heroes on this planet.

There are the people working for the benefit for others. Nurses, doctors, people taking care of the elderly. We have our soldiers, sailors, airmen, protecting your country. Who am I to say whether they deserve this day or whether their work is to be honoured. Most countries seem to have their tomb of the unknown soldier, day of commeration for a war once fought. We feel reassured doing this for the unknown heroes, but who to choose.

We all have our ideas of picking a Person X to honour: a person that has offered himself for the benefit of mankind. This is wrong, something is not right here. I just cannot choose. I have a feeling that I am not worthy of choosing anyone.

Every morning I awake and am thankful to be in a place where I do not have to fear to starve, to send my children out begging for money or food for survival. Oh it is so comfortable to be able to plan a day in a civilisation where you are allowed to work, to have the gift of free speech, to be able to vote for your government and to protest.

So, sorry to disappoint, but I am not choosing anyone or anything to honour. I am just happy be able to admire a clear sky, nature’s work if you want. There are so many reasons to take this for granted, but nature has a tough job today. She is fighting to keep a balance, to keep her place in the world. Sometimes I wonder if civilisation on the earth will come to an end because the sun extinguishes one day in the millionth year future, or whether we will do it all by ourself.

I am not a green peace person. I do not even like them or sympathise with the. I find they are a meddling group convinced that they are the answer to all: an army of do gooders forcing their own ideas on others in a warlike similar way. Of course it is nice to save the world and protect it, but no-one is perfect.

So now to get off my soap box; who am I to dictate who is to be celebrated and honoured? We all have our own ideas of  heroes. When I have finished this blog for today I will call my 98 year old father in England to see how he is doing. Just a man that fought in a war for his country, not because he wanted to, but he had no choice. His country was being attacked so he had to, just a man that worked in a factory until he retired earning money to keep his family. My mother died many years ago, the lady that sent me to school to make sure I was educated, the lady that washed me and did her best to keep me on the straight path. You know the lady that changed my nappies/diapers and did not ask for a wage. We all know them, known as parents. No I am not dedicating a X day for this, I am also a parent but like my mother and father do not expect a letter of thanks. That is the life I have been privileged to lead.

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  1. I can't think of a single thing I'd add to what you've already said. You've summed it up just as I would have.

    1. This prompt is so not my thing. I just cannot do the sloppy I love and honour everyone thing in writing.