Saturday, April 21, 2012

I Think I'm Paranoid

I've been having a bit of a mental debate with myself, from time to time.

It starts up whenever I see the blue star flags, or the term blue star families, or anything of that nature.

Don't know about blue stars? This website has a good explanation on the index page. My in-laws have a blue star banner in their window, since J (their son, duh) is serving on active duty.

Lately, a lot of people only hang blue stars when a family member is deployed. I thought that's what it meant, until my father-in-law did the research. So technically, I could hang one right now, since my husband is serving. However, I feel that, because of the misunderstanding about the star's meaning, some people might see it as a sign that I am home while my husband is away. Welcome creepers.

Here's where I tell myself I'm a bit paranoid. I live on main post. I live in a very safe neighborhood compared to many others in my current city. I have a gun to defend myself. I know how to use it and I don't think I would hesitate to shoot a creeper in self defense. But would I really need to? Would anyone even bother trying to scope out my house?

We don't use the front door a lot, so there's never a lot of traffic that way, and I always keep it locked. Like, always. We don't have a bunch of expensive stuff, don't drive expensive cars (mine is 8 years old now), and don't act like we have anything worth stealing.

So when I think hanging a blue star banner in my window is like welcoming the bad guys, I'm just being my usual, cynical, slightly paranoid self.

Right?

3 comments:

  1. If you're that paranoid, would getting one for your car make you feel better?
    Or perhaps hanging it somewhere in your house that's not displayed outside?

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    1. Part of me feels that I don't need a blue star anyway. I mean, I know he's deployed. I know what he's doing. I've never really felt it was something I had to share with anyone/everyone. I'm proud, but I show that by the fact that I'm still around and with him, supporting him in this. I'm sure I'll make up my mind about it once he actually leaves.

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    2. I want a blue star, because I feel like I belonged in the 40s. Now, mind you, I might not place it in my window, but I'll display it proudly somewhere. Maybe I'll paint a big blue one on the house. ;D

      But, I like your reasons, and it seems that you feel you don't need one. Everyone shows their support differently. :)

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