Vive la France! D-Day, the donald, and the drop shot

The French have it all this week: 75th. Anniversary of the Allied invasion in WWII that began on the beaches in Normandy on June 06, 1944 (commonly referred to as D-Day); an American president on the continent who truly can’t stop himself from revealing his ignorance of, oh well, just about every nasty thing he finds to tweet about on an hourly basis; and the final week of the 2019 Roland-Garros tennis tournament, the second Grand Slam event of the year which finds familiar names in the men’s semi-finals and fresh faces in the women’s semis.

I am swept along by the stirring images of the American cemetery in Normandy, the stories of the amazing four women ages 92 – 99 known as the Rosies who were not only the Riveters but also the draftswomen and/or anything else needed, these four women representing all the women who worked building the planes, ships and bombs necessary for our soldiers waging a war in Europe, Africa and the Pacific. These women are in France for the D-Day Anniversary remembrance and will bring their memorie as well as their flowers for one of the crosses in the cemetery which belongs to a brother by his sister who has never had the opportunity to visit his grave. Tom Brokaw will also be on this site as he pays tribute one more time to the fallen soldiers of WWII who inspired his book in which he named them our Greatest Generation.

One of the women who wins the French Open this year will be a first time winner of a Grand Slam. The names of the four remaining women in the draw will be familiar only to those who follow women’s tennis regularly: Ash Barty of Australia, Johanna Konta of Great Britain, Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic and seventen-year-old Amanda Anisimova of the USA. These remarkable women managed to eliminate more familiar  tennis names like the Williams Sisters, defending champion Simona Halep, #1 player in the world Naomi Osaka, Madison Keys, Sloane Stevens, and 108 additional competitors who fought their hardest on the clay courts but lost to better players on a given day.

The men at Roland-Garros are also down to the final four, but their names are not only familiar but famous. Roger Federer of Switzerland meets his long-time rival Spanish clay court warrior Rafael Nadal in a much anticipated semi-final match. Federer has won 20 Grand Slam tournaments to Nadal’s 17. The Serbian Novak Djokovic has 15 Grand Slam titles but came into the French as the winner of the previous three major tournaments so a win for him would put him in a category all his own. Austrian Dominic Thiem will play Djokovic in the other semi-final on the men’s side. The French got the final four men in the correct order, but who could have predicted the women’s semi-finalists? I can’t wait.

Last  and definitely least, an American president trolls the international twitter space with irrelevant nonsense and makes his trip for D-Day a public relations nightmare for his staff and everyone he encounters on the other side of the Pond. I felt sorry for the Queen during his toast at the state banquet. She looked like she was wondering if her dogs would be more entertaining than this presidential impersonator from the Colonies. Poor Queen Elizabeth. And can anyone really believe the British royalty told the president to bring his whole commoner family for dinner?

Stay tuned.









About Sheila Morris

Sheila Morris is a personal historian, essayist with humorist tendencies, lesbian activist, truth seeker and speaker in the tradition of other female Texas storytellers including her paternal grandmother. In December, 2017, the University of South Carolina Press published her collection of first-person accounts of a few of the people primarily responsible for the development of LGBTQ organizations in South Carolina. Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement: Committed to Home will resonate with everyone interested in LGBTQ history in the South during the tumultuous times from the AIDS pandemic to marriage equality. She has published five nonfiction books including two memoirs, an essay compilation and two collections of her favorite blogs from I'll Call It Like I See It. Her first book, Deep in the Heart: A Memoir of Love and Longing received a Golden Crown Literary Society Award in 2008. Her writings have been included in various anthologies - most recently the 2017 Saints and Sinners Literary Magazine. Her latest book, Four Ticket Ride, was released in January, 2019. She is a displaced Texan living in South Carolina with her wife Teresa Williams and their dogs Spike, Charly and Carl. She is also Naynay to her two granddaughters Ella and Molly James who light up her life for real. Born in rural Grimes County, Texas in 1946 her Texas roots still run wide and deep.
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14 Responses to Vive la France! D-Day, the donald, and the drop shot

  1. Harry Hamid says:

    Wow, I guess it really was all about France this week. I am not working yet this week and wouldn’t have minded watching the D-Day goings-on but for my boycott of all things Presidential. So I read some and watched the Food Channel instead.

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  2. It is a week for the French. Very excited about the women’s draw this year. Don’t mind who wins it but it should be fun.There was a great UK tweet offering the USA a hostage non-release: We have Trump, pay us Quadrillions or we’ll send him back 😉

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  3. Hi Annie, what a great tweet – please keep him!!
    I have thought of you for the past two weeks with the French – the French is my favorite of all the majors. One day…


  4. Susanne says:

    If you want to read a raging well modulated rant about DJTs DDay appearance, find Roger Cohen’s recent piece in the NYTimes. It might have been on Wednesday this week. I watched snippets of the Canadian commemoration ceremony from Juno Beach and was moved beyond words. We owe our world to those men who fought. It hurts my heart to see their memories sullied by shallow vain politicians who know naught about self sacrifice. On the other hand, HRH QE II, embodies public service, humility and humanity despite a life of unimaginable privilege. She redeemed the day.

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  5. It certainly looked like Bring Your Child (Brood) to Work at Buckingham…

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  6. I cannot believe (but still, I put nothing past DonJohn) he brought his grifter bunch of kids with him. I pray our allies don’t look at them and think we are all like them. God save HM the Queen, and put in a few good words for the rest of us as well. Hope you’re on the mend, friend.

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    • God save the Queen, indeed, and please pray for all us commoners in the colonies – we’ve got a mess up in here!!
      I am on the mend, thank you so much, but it’s too slow for me!


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