EACH TIME I TRAVEL through Sleepy Eye, I notice this old house situated on a corner along U.S. Highway 14 east of downtown.
I could lament at the need for a little exterior TLC.
But rather, I focus on the patriotism, that always-there “WE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS” sign.
Within the walls of this old house lives someone who’s perhaps served or has a loved one serving our country or who’s simply just proud of our military. Maybe all three.
I love the genuineness of this patriotic display. I imagine the homeowner shopping for the bunting and the flags and those little whirligigs.
I imagine, too, the long search, or maybe even a special order placement, for that can’t miss royal blue carpet.
This old house shows me patriotism at its grassroots basic. From the heart. From the home.
© Copyright 2014 Audrey Kletscher Helbling