Welcome to Cranky Puppy Farm!

This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

The Brave and the Fallen

Monday, May 27, 2013

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

--John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address

Back in 2002, J. went along with me on a trip to D.C. and it's so long ago that I can't even remember why we went in the dead of winter.  It was magical, though....the snow laid thick on the ground and the cold nipped at us as we walked around the National Mall until we couldn't feel our legs.   All the way out to the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials to the Capitol where we found the Missouri Christmas tree.

Looking at all the white crosses so neatly lined up at Arlington Cemetery caused us to pause before moving on.  I'm not sure what J. was thinking, but I was thinking about all those brave men who fought and died so that I could be free.  Think about what that really means.  It is truly a solemn place.  Going just a little further, I was brought to tears by the sight of J. saluting the fellow Marine who guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

It's Memorial Day.  Let's celebrate and remember all of those heroes that have sacrificed to make our celebration possible. 

Happy Memorial Day!


  1. So thankful for those that fight for and protect our freedom!

  2. A lovely post. I have never been to Robert E. Lee's home. We hope to go, one day.


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