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Patriotic Activity

Yesterday, I began a one day job teaching preschool to middle school children patriotic songs. I thought, yes I can do that! I’m an All – American citizen who definitely cares about her country. Knowing I was going to be teaching these children singing, I went searching for song books that I owned. The “We Sing Songbook” about patriotic songs was what I found. I think it may have been started by teachers from the 1970’s. It’s a great little book about American History and teaches about when these great songs were written and why they are so memorable. The big problem I had in teaching these children, was they were not interested in learning these American standby songs. I was given an assignment and job that they could care less about. There attitude, as well as, the summer academy owner’s, really bothered me. I take all my jobs seriously! There were about 8 out of 20 children that did care about what I was doing yesterday! That shocked me with there beautiful voices and music reading ability! In the end, I did it for them. Kudos to those children who have learned something great about Americas’ patriotic songs. I think they will go far in this country!

Today was supposed to be a day to get my antiques appraised. I traveled to Alameda with mapquest driving instructions on my seat next to me. I got lost in Alameda and ended up in the parking lot of the USS Hornet Museum and Aircraft Carrier from WWII and two Lunar Landings Recoveries. It was ironic after yesterday, trying to teach children about patriotic songs and American History. I did feel drawn to the USS Hornet. I was one of the most successful Navy vessels that fought during the war. Maybe, my dad’s spirit was drawing me there. I did have his Military Issue WWII Money Certificates with me to be appraised for their current value. So I paid for my admission and sat down for the live orientation to the ship. Immediately I felt cold temperatures next to me and around my legs. The cold sensations were sitting next to me in an empty seat. After orientation was over, I joined a docent student tour through the lower decks of the ship. As we entered a crewman living deck, I felt unusual warm spots where nobody was standing. It felt like energy that had been leftover there. One other place I have felt, what I think is paranormal activity, is the same type of warm spots with cold ones at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Theater in Niles, CA. It felt to me, that the ghosts were making their presence known to me at both of those places. I know Ghost Adventures and Ghost Hunters have checked out the USS Hornet for paranormal activity and have found that it exists there.

So it was a very patriotic last two days for me. I felt good that some of the children that I sang patriotic songs with shared history with me that day. We felt American together. The tour I took today on the USS Hornet and the museum volunteers and people I spoke with made me feel more patriotic and I thought I was doing good re-living our country’s young history. Yes, I remember the Apollo 11 Moon Landing and their vessel recovery with our brave astronauts was placed onboard the ship the USS Hornet. I’m proud to have visited this great Navy ship. I know my dad would have been very proud. I feel he was one of the Navy personnel that was aboard ship with me today.

"My Navy Dad Al"

Dad loved the Navy!

 

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