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Why a Boston girl doesn’t want to be called a Yankee!

After my love affair with the movie American Sniper, I decided to pick up the book. I am the type of person that if I watch a movie and there is a book it was made after, I need to read the book. And vice versa. This was no exception. But as I begin to get to the heart of the book one thing has really started to irritate me.

The amount of times I am reminded that I am a “Yankee.”

Now I realize that the definition of the word itself does not mean it is derogatory. In fact the author of the book is really just referring to northerners when he uses the word. He mostly uses it to explain things he doesn’t think northerners would understand.

The definition of the word is, anyone from the US by someone outside the US or anyone from the north by anyone from the south.

But lets start with the first reason I do not like this word. Should we start with the song Yankee Doodle Dandy?

As a kid I thought this song was a lot of fun. But looking at the lyrics a little more it is pretty clear that the song was not praising the yankees at all.

“A-riding on a pony”:

a pony?!?! So what the Yankee is either a child and can’t ride a real horse or he is just an idiot.

“and with the girls be handy!” :

This of course could mean be a handy man, but somehow I think this is a more sexual reference…

I am pretty sure this song was intended to make fun of the Yankees and given that it was written by the British I am pretty sure I am not wrong.

Now for the obvious reason a Boston girl does not want to be called a Yankee:

Yes the New York Yankees! As a die hard Red Sox fan the sight of that symbol alone makes me bubble up with anger. They are the team we love to hate. And the word Yankee absolutely makes my blood boil thanks to them.

So the next time you want to call a Boston girl a Yankee remember that New Yorkers are Yankees (self-proclaimed) and Bostonians are Bostonians. Lets leave the derogatory meanings from the past in the past?

Now that, that is off my chest I can continue reading!

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American Sniper

The one thing I worry about as I type this post is downplaying the importance of this movie. So I want to start by saying that American Sniper is a powerful movie. It is a true story and the people really did live out these experiences. I have more respect for the men in this war then I could ever portray. That being said, a movie will always make a person reflect on themselves and their own lives. That is the power of artistic representation of life. I want to talk about how this movie made me think.

This movie is about the one war I can honestly say I lived through. I think all of us can remember 9/11. For me I was only in the 8th grade. I remember that day like it was yesterday. But this movie really made me think how blessed I really am.

The main character of this movie, Chris Kyle, was a sniper. This movie, unlike many war movies I have seen, really went into how the war affected his personal life. His life with his wife and family. As the movie went on I realized how close I came to living a life just like this. I am so blessed that my life turned out differently but the reasons why don’t seem like blessings.

The boyfriend I have now, the man I plan to be with for some time wanted to be in the armed forces. I think he would have chosen the army. Being two years older than I he would have been a prime candidate for the War on Iraq. And he would have loved doing it.

As I watched the movie I saw the similarities. The passion to help others. The thirst for war. The determination. The inability to see beyond the action of the moment. And the difficulty of detaching.

But I was blessed. My boyfriend did not make it into the armed services. In actuality he hurt his back horsing around when he was younger and was unable to enlist. While I am not happy that he will have a life long injury I am happy he ended up having to remain home.

If he had gone to war there is a good chance we would have never met. If we did meet the chances we would make it were slim. I don’t think I could have ever been as strong as Chris Kyle’s wife in the movie. I don’t know if I could have done all that she did.

This movie really showed how strong the women had to be for their men. How powerful a loving home could be for these men.

I don’t know if this post seems selfish and if it does that is in no way my intent.

What I mean by that is this movie really showed me the type of person it took to be in this war. The type of person they needed to stand by their side. And I have so much more respect for them now seeing that.

Because I don’t know that I could have been that person.