Code Orange

The United State government has shifted all Americans to an Orange level of alert.

Open your eyes. Don’t be afraid. If you care to think about colors, think about red, white, blue, desert camouflage. Save the oranges for the Florida farmer. Save the orange for your garden. Save your orange for the foothills of South Carolina in October.

Tomorrow will come and go. We will remember. We should remember.

Go outside. Look at the orange sun. And don’t be afraid.

Everyone has a story from September 11th, 2001. Most of the stories are horrible. I will not tell you mine. It was a very bad day for me and I find the story interesting, but it will do you no good to read it. Ask me over a beer one night if you care to hear it.

For now, sit on your porch and drink something frozen. If you care to make the drink out of oranges, do so. Find your own kind of “high alert.”

Hug your dog. Hug your cat. Hug your kid.

Just remember. And don’t be afraid.

Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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