Friday, May 27, 2016

Friendly Fill-Ins: Week 3

Welcome to "Friendly Fill-Ins"! Each Thursday we post four statements with blanks for you to fill in. The first two fill-ins are provided by my co-host, Ellen of The final two statements are offered by myself. On Friday, we post our completed fill-ins with a link for you to join us with your completed fill-ins. 

Okay...let's share! Here are my completed statements:

1. Whatever happened to respectI was taught that respect is earned not given. Respect is for those who deserve it, not the ones who demand it.

2. I always remember the "forgotten" heroes on Memorial Day, the ones who still have not come home. I especially remember S/SGT. James M. Ray, POW 18 MAR 1968, whose bracelet I still have. He was later officially classified MIA. I tell his story each Memorial Day.

S/SGT James M. Ray 
Vietnam POW/MIA

3. I used to wish that I could open an animal shelter to help critters, but I realize that I can and should do my part how and where I am.

4. I just cannot accept meanness, no matter how I try to understand it. There just is no reason or excuse to be mean. Ever.

This Memorial Day, please 
remember to honour them.
They have earned our respect.

Your turn! Please link up with us here, or you may answer in the comment section.


  1. Love your fill ins! Particularly #1.... seems like a lot of people who demand respect don't really deserve it... as a Southern, I try to be polite, but I also find myself muttering 'bless his/her heart' more and more each year ....

  2. I enjoyed your fill ins! Yes, our veterans, and those who never returned, earned our respect. I, too, have dreamed of opening an animal rescue. But I have figured out that we can help animals in many different ways, and we're all given different gifts.

  3. Excellent answers. I've always wanted to open an animal shelter, too, but realize that it's not feasible. But, I try to do what I can for the homeless kitties.

  4. These are such great, profound answers. Thank you for hosting this challenge!


  5. 1. Whatever happened to respect? I am going to agree with you here Annie because it was the first thing that popped in my head yesterday when I saw the fill-ins. It seems respect has been lost between people and how people treat animals.

    2. I always go with CH's family to the small cemetery in CH's town on Memorial Day.

    3. I used to wish for one more horse before I leave this earth, but have come terms with the fact that it wouldn't be the best idea for me or the horse.

    4. I just cannot give up cheeseburgers no matter how hard I try! :)

  6. Thanks for another great fill in week. Hope you have a great weekend and happy memorial day. :) love your answers.

  7. I just used the search on your blog to read an older post about Sgt. James Ray. Such an awful story and sadly there are so many similar ones like that. I agree that respect is earned and I don't know why so many people are mean ( very cute kitten). I am glad your code is working because mine isn't, I will look into that. XO

  8. Great questions, wonderful answers, Annie! I totally agree with you about respect, my #1 ties in with it. I love that you remember your "fallen hero" each year, keeping his memory alive! I can so see you operating an animal shelter, but you've pretty much done that at home over the years! <3 People who are mean to other people or animals totally confound me, why be that way? Kindness feels so much better!

  9. My utmost respect goes to those who serve, and to the families of those who have fallen.

    Mean people just confuse me totally.

  10. I agree wholly with your answer regarding respect. And we share the same exact people that we respect and the reason why. I

    I always love and look forward to Memorial Day and the 4th of July more than any holiday other than the real reason for Christmas and easter. Thanksgiving, meh. I always take a contemplative walk on Memorial Day and think. I have spent a decent number over seas and we were able to be on a US Base many times. I LOVED the beautiful demonstration we got to see of the colors and the spirit. Made me have goose bumps. One time was particularly evocative and I still see in my minds eye the bubblegum pink wrap skirt I was wearing, and the white top and hunter green cardigan. *I* used to want to be a doctor. Failing that a nurse. Don't get married so very young of that is what you want to do...lastly, and 4th, I cannot accept animal cruelty. Not to any animal. It cuts me to the quick and through to the other side.

  11. Love your answers. You are so right about respect. It seems to have fallen by the wayside with some people... ~Island Cat Mom

  12. I wanted to participate this week, Annie, but I just couldn't come up with anything I wanted to share. As always, your sentence completions are so thoughtful and meaningful. I am having one of those days today where I cannot seem to get motivated or interested in doing much of anything. Tom is away for several days which adds to the doldrums. Wishing you a restful and fun weekend. Chloe Joe remains in my prayers as do you. Love and hugs, Janet

  13. Sorry to hear about your friend. I think the meaning of Memorial Day can be forgotten sometimes.

    I duzzen't understand mean peeps either!

    : )

  14. SO true! I see so many people falling short of the respect we're supposed to give them...and yet vets too often are forgotten.

  15. Thanks for four great answers,which inspire one to ponder.
    I hope this time the link works from your blog.Last week it didn't.

  16. Ugh, one day I will not have spontaneous company for an entire day and I will be able to blog again.
    It's not hard to be kind - not at all. I don't understand how we cannot all move through life with the mantra of "do no harm."

    Safe and Happy Memorial Day! We are thinking of you, or friends and allies. :)