Veterans' Day

grandcarriage's picture

Today, in honour of Veterans' Day, I stayed inside and worked on a design for one of those snazzy envelope hats that you see them wear in pictures. (mine is loaded with cables..can't leave well enough alone.) I was working on my speed knitting technique, and going at a pretty decent clip... I looked up to see a woman about 5-10 years older than myself watching me knit...She shook her head and said,

"I've never seen a boy knit so fast before!"

I said, "How old were the male children you've watched knit?"

I mean, I AM 41! Young man, perhaps, but hardly a boy...

Thanks be to all Vets who have served. You have my respect and appreciation.
(Thanks, Dad!)

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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

While a bit too military for

While a bit too military for me, the hat is good looking. Or is it just because of the model? Either way, nice knitting. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

MMario's picture

not jester; Matador!

not jester; Matador!

rjcb3's picture

I'm actually looking FORWARD

I'm actually looking FORWARD to 40! I hated my 20s and I'm looking back and doing the whole shoulda-coulda-woulda done better through my 30s (I have all of three years left, woo hoo)

I certainly wouldn't mind being called "boy" just as long as the context was in the right place.

I would LOVE to see pictures of the "hat" that you're making. We had a much more "familiar" term for them in the Navy but foul enough not to share on a nice post board like this.

I thank the Vets who have served before me and salute them all and I thank the ones after me and still serving today...but it's always a strange feeling for me, personally, this day of the year, because I, too learned how to brace for shock from the Gulf War, but, I guess I choose to much rather watch the parades than be part of them. I saluted a WWII Vet once when I was still active duty and he said "Why are you saluting me, mate, when I should be saluting you for carrying on where I left off...?" I learned that doing the time certainly can humble a person -- at least in that portion of his life.

)O(
Robert

albert's picture

Well, Robert,

Well, Robert, thirty-something and already doing a life review- you're here, today, in Maine and you knit; life ain't so bad, kid!

rjcb3's picture

No, it certainly isn't, is

No, it certainly isn't, is it...in the immortal words of Mr. Rogers: It's such a good feeling to know you're alive.

)O(
Robert

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very true, Robert. I always

Very true, Robert. I always told the kids - when I worked at the library - "Mr. Rogers may be a relative of mine. But if he isn't, I'd gladly adopt him." -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

PaulJMC's picture

Ha! Cultural point:

Ha!

Cultural point: Australian Gay Men refer to each other as "boys" all the time.

Used to raise less of an eybrow from strangers when we were in our twenties than it does now that we are in our forties.

Embrace your boyhood ;)

Paul

New York Built's picture

Just keep saying to

Just keep saying to yourself..."Everyone 10 years older than I am is middle-aged."

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

If memory serves...the

If memory serves...the Chinese traditionally don't consider you middle-aged until you reached 45. Well, I'm definitely at that point in life (and then some), even though my mindset still says I'm only a 30-something. Hope all the vets had a good day. Bless 'em. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

purlyman's picture

Ha!! That's hilarious...

Ha!! That's hilarious... boy. Post a pic when you're done! I want to see this hat!

purlyman's picture

Ha!! That's hilarious...

Ha!! That's hilarious... boy. Post a pic when you're done! I want to see this hat!