We have a flag in front of our house. We put it up when we moved in, 17 years ago. The wind whips the flag around, but time has made us shorter than we used to be and I can’t reach up and unfurl the flag. My son has to do it … and he does. Every time he is here, he opens up the flag which stays that way until the next breeze catches it,

Our flag. Mostly unfurled!

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

17 thoughts on “UNFURLING … IT’S A FLAG THING, RIGHT?”

  1. I never really bothered with flag. I think the last time I waved a union jack was a street party to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and she is now a very old lady. A british friend of mine living where I live bought a house and wanted to put an english flag in the garden. It was not allowed, only a Swiss flag, so why bother.

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    1. Flags are typically displayed around here on national holidays and many houses have a flag up because they just do. It doesn’t mean anything much. I may found a more interesting flag. They make some unique ones, sometimes with dogs and flowers.

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  2. I won’t allow Peter to put up a flag. He has a Acadian Flag and I don’t have a problem with that. It’s just all this nationalism gets us into a lot of trouble.


    1. I like having the flag there. It went with this kind of square, boxy house. We haven’t taken it down because the pole would leave a hole in the house. But one of these days, I might find a more amusing flag.

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            1. I’m hoping it fits the pole. There was only one size. I guess I’ll find out. Also, I could afford this one. There are a lot of handmade ones, but they are REALLY expensive. I remembered suddenly WHY I got this one. I could afford it.

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  3. Hope your day is unfurling with love hope happiness and joy. Whether that be sitting on the deck with a cup of coffee or tea, or reading a book you’ve longed to see. πŸ™‚


      1. I read an article from Boston mayo clinic that said cats do it for a reason, they went on to explain we should too can’t remember it all, but I’ve been trying it out and I don’t nap, I feel better for it, who Knew? Hope it does good things for you too.


  4. I love seeing a flag flying. We have one here from May through October and then put it away because of the stormy winters. If you’d like some assistance in keeping the flag from tying itself up, you might try some clip on weights with their intended purpose being to hold a picnic tablecloth down. I’ve picked up a couple of sets in the spring at The Christmas Tree Shop. They are in the shape of red strawberries which aren’t very noticeable. πŸ™‚

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  5. I’m sorry, but you almost always make me laugh. I think I have my mother’s sense of humor. But the image of you or Garry now being too short to reach the flag strikes me funny. Do we really shrink? Anyhow, long may your flag wave.


    1. I’ve dropped almost 2 inches. I think Garry lost about half an inch. My son has lost almost an inch. Yes. We shrink. Taller people usually shrink more. As the disks in our back shrink, we get shorter. I had back surgery, so I lost more than in inch there. But disks shrink, muscles get smaller. Our feet get thinner. When you are short to begin with, it doesn’t take much to make you too short for things like fixing the shower or unfurling the flag. I can’t reach the top shelf in my cupboards.

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        1. It has so much to do with how you specifically age. Back problems increase the shrinkage as do any problems with cartilage and muscles. My feet are the same size, but top to bottom, they are thinner. The padding under my feet has thinned. When they did the heart surgery, the last of the muscle masses in my chest sort of collapsed. But not everyone has quite so many physical problems, so maybe you’ll only shrink a little bit. The problem is, when you start off short, just a little shorter and EVERYTHING is out of reach.

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