Grand Old Flag … Grand Old Mom

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Ever since I can remember, mom has been a major flag waver for her country.

She loves her stars and stripes, as well as any occasion to her fly her reds, whites and blues.

Little bitty flags on tooth pick poles, flags on napkins, place mats, dinnerware, flags could be found in pretty much every room.

Star studded wooden banners, made by my mom, dad and sister, were hung under every window of their home (built in 1796) on the Fourth of July. Their home is a landmark in Richmond, Virginia and the banners are as much a part of the Fourth for passersby as watermelon and  fireworks.

This is mom’s way of letting the world know in no uncertain terms that she loves her United States of America. When she quotes Patrick Henry’s “give me liberty or give me death” speech, she owns it. When she belts out the National Anthem, or America the Beautiful she’ll have you standing at attention and singing along.

The Fourth of July is one of her all time favorite celebrations! She prepares for it just as joyfully and meticulously as she prepares for Christmas (which is also her birthday). It’s a sacred time to reflect on the past, share dreams of the future and commemorate all those who have created, contributed to and defended our nation.

Mom was born a year after World War One ended and was only ten when the Wall Street crash of 1929 signaled the beginning of the Great Depression. She was part of the generation that rebuilt America into a superpower. And, she has lived through the trials, tribulations, triumphs and failures that continue to define America.

For what’s it’s worth, mom believes in us!

She believes in our freedoms, our values and our ability to come together and do whatever it takes to protect and grow them.

Today, she is out there waving the true colors on which America stands and has unwavering faith that they will lead us in the right direction as we march, arm in arm, into the future.

About Tom Laughon

Tom Laughon (Pronounced Lawn) is President of Catch Your Limit, an organization whose sole purpose is to guide and grow leaders. His journey from lead singer in a rock-n-roll band, to a successful career in marketing & advertising to consultant, strategist, keynote speaker, facilitator, professor and writer is a fascinating one. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Tom and his team guide organizations, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies to national associations, to "catch their limit" in areas such as leadership development, creativity, innovation, teaming and transformational change. His commitment to "practice what he preaches" has made Catch Your Limit a petri dish for round-the-clock discovery and learning. The firm's brand reflects Tom's personal brand: Fun, Inspirational, Strategic & Hot!

3 responses »

  1. I think I would love your Mom; I’m a new citizen and wave the flag proudly .. in fact, our boys give directions to our house as “turn at the house with all the flags; you can’t miss it.”

    Such a beautiful flag and I for one and happy to fly it.

    Cheers! MJ


    • Have been revisiting the comments on Mom’s and my blog and just wanted to thank you again for yours. Comments like yours are what make my journey feel less lonely. It sure does take a village ; ) Keep up the great blogging on your end!


  2. I loved the article. I know how much your mother loves the flag and America because she passed that love on to me. My family room is red, white and blue with many flags. Helen showed me so many places in America and taught me so much about her history. I am very thankful for our country for Helen and for the beautiful flag. God Bless America!



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