Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Have a Bad, But Historic, Day

Talk about both ends of the spectrum…

Today is National Have a Bad Day Day. It’s for all those folks who get their drawers in a wad when someone says to them, “Have a nice day.”

I’m as lost on those dopes as I am on the ones who get cranked up when a Southern waitress calls them “honey” or “sweety.”

Help me out on this; someone says something nice…even wonderful…to them and they don’t like it! I heard a guy once say, “Well, they don’t know me.” I replied, “From what I can see, if they did know you they wouldn’t have been so nice to you.”

Moving on…

Now, if you want to talk about a historic day; today is also the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.

On November 19, 1863, noted orator Edward Everett spoke for two hours. Then, President Abraham Lincoln stood and spoke for five minutes. His address is considered one of the most eloquent in the English language.

North Carolina soldiers advanced farther than any other Confederate warriors at the Battle of Gettysburg. One story says that as a Tar Heel group maneuvered into the face of a Union cannon unit the Union commander ordered his men not to fire. He stepped up on the stone wall in front the cannon and reached out to the closest Tar Heel saying, “Come over to the Lord.” The Carolina soldiers survived the day.

Whatever your thoughts about the Civil War, you have to recognize the moments of heroism and humanity.

War means everybody has a bad day.

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