Friday, May 5, 2017

All the Flags from Here to There



After sharing the post about suddenly noticing a flag at the Dollar General Store, it appeared I was seeing them everywhere.  It wasn't close to a flag waving patriotic holiday;  Memorial day was one month away and July 4th was even further away.  Why so many flags?  Was it my imagination?  I had to find out the truth.  So as an experiment, I  decided to snap a picture of every flag I passed on my weekly milk run to the Amish in Ethridge, Tennessee.   It is 50 miles (one way) of winding back country roads.  Every picture on this post was taken on the route during April.


I decided any in front of a business would not count.  If the person was being paid to raise and lower the flag, it would not qualify.  I was looking for flags that were voluntarily raised; it had to be a labor of love.

So as cute as this one appears, it does not qualify.  There is only so much time before the ice melts in the cooler so I had to hurry.


I will count the State of Tennessee flag since I am from Tennessee.




Also, I will count any Confederate flags since I am a daughter of the South.


So how many do you think I saw on my weekly trip?  Quick, make a guess and see how close you come.  The answer will be posted in the comment section.  No peeping!

I expected to see these since they are in vogue right now, artsy country yard art.











But these surprised me.  They were randomly put in different places.  It felt creepy taking a picture of someone's bedroom window. Thankfully no one was home and I am glad the neighbors didn't call the sheriff.

I almost missed this one.  You have to look close to see it.


These people were closing down their yard sale.  There are two flags hanging on the rack.  I don't want to trick anyone who is counting.


Something tells me these people are Republicans.  Just a guess.   And, no the Trump flag does not count.


I think this one was the highest.  It is on top of a radio antenna tower. This family meant for their flag to be seen!


Many people put them on the front of their houses.












This one made me sad because this is disrespectful treatment.


These people are SLACKERS!  Poles but no flags.  Tut.  Tut.  Tut.  They do not get any points.


This last category I consider the best. All of these people had to dig a hole, add cement then put up a large pole. These are permanent poles which required hard work to set up.



























































I did not get pictures of all of them.  I ran out of time, the sun was going down, some were too far away and people kept stopping to ask me if I needed help since I was parked on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere.  I gave it my best (camera) shot.

The best has been saved for last.  My favorite flag of the whole day.  This one met me at the garage door, hauled in the groceries, put the milk in the refrigerator, and most importantly, gave me a hug.

14 comments:

  1. I did not count the Tennessee Seal sitting in front of a porch, nor did I count the "Trump" flag, nor did I count the "Don't Tread on Me" flag.
    The total of all the flags shown above is 53. Don't worry if you missed some, I will be grading on a curve.

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  2. That was really a diligence work! Taking all those flag photos on the way. And doubtless, - the last "flag" is the most precious one.
    Wishing you a nice week-end,
    Christel

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  3. I keep an American flag barn star on the front of our house.

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    1. I remember seeing it when you took a picture of your porch. You are such a good American!

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  4. Quite spectacular to see so much enthusiasm for our flags (even the Trump one for me as he is our President) and heart whelming too. Thanks for showing us your trip of flags. Very interested in the milk run too. Going to check your blog to see if you've written about it.

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    1. I was encouraged by the abundance of patriotism I saw at every turn in the road. It gives me hope for America.

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  5. Wow, that's amazing that you saw so many when it wasn't a holiday. Love that there are so many patriotic people!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. I do love my Country neighbors and miss them when I must drive into the BIG SCARY CITY!

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  6. Hi Jeannie, just hopping by to let you know that you will be featured at SYC this week.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. THANK YOU! I am honored to be featured at SYC which is Share Your Cup Thursday, http://jannolson.blogspot.com/2017/05/share-your-cup-250.html However, I am wise enough to realize it is the "subject matter", all the flags which deserve the praise, not me.
      Again, thank you for the honor.

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  7. This is really great! So happy Jann shared this on Share Your Cup this week - congrats!
    Rita C at Panoply

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  8. Such a nice post and thrilling to see so many people showing their patriotism. We do not have a flag in our yard and it makes me sad. I live so far off the road that no one would see it, but I would know it is there. I want to also say that I noticed just how many nicely decorated homes you were able to see and how clean and neat the yards were.

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    1. Carol, my Mom (who is my biggest fan but refuses to post any comments even though I nag her) made the same comment about people taking care of their homes. Their pride does show in their decorations. I enjoy looking at homes as I travel through the country. Well, to be honest, I really prefer being chauffeured by Bill or the one of the boys so I can gawk.

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