It’s Day 380 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and yesterday I learned a Put-In-Bay lesson that is so fitting for Independence Day –– Don’t Give Up the Ship! My husband loves history and though I wouldn’t say I love it, as a former school teacher, I do appreciate the wealth of it Put-In-Bay has to offer. Monday we’d stopped at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial in the center of the island, –– it’s the third largest monument in the United States –– but the museum was closed. Still, before we ever read any of the placards describing the War of 1812 Battle of Lake Erie events that caused Oliver Perry to become a hero, my husband recounted the story for me. I won’t go into all of the details, only that Perry led the U.S. in a hard won victory ( 1 casualty for every 4 men who fought) over Great Britain after it seemed defeat was certain. The battle turned the tide of the war and ultimately led to over 200 years of still standing peace between the U.S., Great Britain and Canada and the existence of the longest undefended border between the U.S. and Canada. The Battle of Lake Erie victory is largely attributed to Perry bolstering the sagging morale of his navy fleet and militiamen by unfurling and hoisting a flag that read, Don’t Give Up the Ship! Not only that, the three countries learned arbitration vs. combat prevents loss of life and promotes peace. An over 200 year Put-In-Bay lesson that’s still relevant this Independence Day!
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose patriot who is also a believer, it’s not lost on me that I got to visit this amazing destination as we celebrate our independence. While the The War of 1812 was fought after The American Revolutionary War had been won, the U.S. was still striving to establish itself as truly independent of Britain. Winning control of Lake Erie went a long way toward accomplishing that and in many ways set the stage for the U.S. to become a viable world power. But it came at a high cost –– in human lives on both sides. Not to mention the impact it had on Native Americans and African Americans who also fought but had yet to gain their freedom and independence…All that to day, as we celebrate our independence, let’s not take our hard won freedom for granted. Let us be mindful of it and thankful for it. In many ways our country is divided. A D or challenge. But it’s still great. And so very blessed by the God of our founding fathers. Furthermore, arbitration vs. fighting is still the best way to win…
This Fourth of July, let’s be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and minimize the division by maximizing this Put-In-Bay lesson for Independence Day: Don’t Give Up the Ship!
Put-In-Bay provides rest, relaxation, rejuvenation, restoration and sketchy reception! I had a lovely photo to post but had to make due with a vector –– Lovely Sunrise on the Lake. Ahh. Appreciate the creation. Adore the Creator.
It’s Day 378 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and my hubby surprised me with a road trip, so we’re putting in time at Put-In-Bay. After he told me about it yesterday following our breakfast with family, I packed my bags last night and jumped up early this morning to take care of some business before we headed out. We only stopped once to grab a bite and then I caught up on my sleep so I’d have stamina to enjoy the experience once we arrived. When he woke me up, we were at the marina. Lake Erie stretched as far as my eyes could see, filled with all kinds of boats, but it was the huge ferry pulling in to transport us from Port Clinton over to the island that made me smile. I’d never ridden one and was astonished that it carried not only passengers but vehicles, including a camper, across the water. The ride took about 20 minutes, then we disembarked to climb a steep incline while lugging our bags. Originally we’d planned to walk to the quaint B&B Greg had booked, but he quickly hailed a cab instead. We checked in and got settled in our room and spent the rest of the day walking the island with its gorgeous water views, attractions and far more golf carts and bikes zipping around than cars. Touring the monument to Colonel Perry from the War of 1812 was awesome because my history buff hubby told me all the details before we ever read them on the plaques. We dining on mussels, summer salad, Lake Erie Cookie Monster ice cream for me and Coffee ice-cream for my non-coffee drinking hubby and watched a stunning sunset over the water before heading back to our digs. It’s been a glorious day putting in some time in Put-In-Bay.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose entrepreneur who began focusing on operating my own business full-time last summer, this is the first time in over a decade I’ve been able to pick up and travel spontaneously. And if you’re anything like me, you understand the value of taking time to rest, relax, rejuvenate and reconnect –– with your significant other –– and even your Creator. It restores the soul. When that happens, we return a better wife, mother, friend, entrepreneur, employee… For me, I’ll also incorporate what I’ve gleaned from this special time into my life coaching, writing, and speaking. That makes the short vacay well spent – putting it in at Put-In-Bay.
Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about taking time to rest, relax and rejuvenate? Even if you can’t get away for an extended period, how about a brief road trip? You don’t have to travel far to reap far reaching benefits…
My sweet hubby surprised me with one of these last night. Heading out and looking forward to time to relax, rest and rejuvenate on our spontaneous road trip! So good for our relationship. Of course I’ll keep you posted – literally!