Celebrating the flag for this Flag Day just wasn't the same today, as flags all over flew at half staff to mourn the loss of the Orlando victims.
Even during break at work, the news was on in the break room, and two of the victims were being interviewed in the hospital. It was kind of hard to go from watching this insane description of the horror these two people experienced, and then go back into work where I had to be all smiley and happy. But I was glad to have work as a distraction from all of the terrible news that we've been watching over the past few days.
Work was definitely a great distraction, since there was a whole lot going on today. One of the best parts of the day was when I finally, after six months on the job, got to sign with some Guests. It was really cool! I interpreted when they were checking in for their reservation, and then again when they were giving their order... It was really nice to interact like that, and they were really patient with me when I got stuck on a sign or two. It was a great experience for me. I did get a little bit nervous, but it went really well. I'm looking forward to the next time I get to sign with Guests, and I'll be much more prepared next time.
I also got to think about two very important people in my family today, because even though they're no longer with us, I always remember their birthdays. My grandmother and my neighbor, who was more of a grandfather to me than just a friendly neighbor, both shared a Flag Day birthday. I wish that I had been able to meet my grandmother, and that I would've had more time with my neighbor, but I'm so thankful for the pictures, stories, and memories that I do have.
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