Every so often my husband and I get a weekend off together. Sometimes we’ll go on a road trip or just stay home. If we stay home I usually have a little “To Do List” for Morty. Trust me, the list isn’t long or full of fixer upper stuff – that’s just not him.
He used to do housework – but, that was in his early years when he was in charge of the ‘Prep-room. Everything was spotless then. Now he’s in charge of so many things I don’t like to take his free time. Yesterday he did the dishes, vacuumed and some laundry…me, I pressure washed the porch. Afterwards he asked me to help him fold some sheets. Before we started he brought up a Military Funeral he did last week and asked if I remembered what he taught me about the ‘Flag Folding. With a half grin I said “Why can’t we have normal conversations, like other couples?” Morty peered over the sheet and says, “Lynne, do you really think OTHER couples conversations are normal?” Umm…yeah! I’ve had flashbacks of being with him on Military Funerals but, that was years ago – I just didn’t remember. What I did remember was how mesmerizing the soldiers were, the stillness of everything around them – your only focus is the family and the ceremony…”Hey – snap out of it, you’re going to get another lesson,” said Sgt. Morty. “Should’ve gone on a road trip,” I mumbled. As we folded the bed sheet he recited…
“The 13 folds of the American flag at a veteran burial service”:
1. Symbol of life.
2. Symbol of our belief in the eternal life.
3. In honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks who gave a portion of life for the defense of our country to attain a peace throughout the world.
4. Represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in times of war for His divine guidance.
5. A tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.”
6. Represents where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
7. A tribute to our armed forces.
8. A tribute to the one who entered in to the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.
9. A tribute to womanhood.
10. A tribute to father.
11. In the eyes of a Hebrew citizen, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
12. In the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost.
13. When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, “In God We Trust.”
As he finished his lesson for the day, I remembered how beautiful this is and kissed him on the cheek and said…”Now, you’re going to get a lesson on how to pressure wash the porch.”
A facebook friend of Life as a Morticians Wife reminded me of this story today and I just had to post it. Thanks Brandee.