A wife called to her husband from the front door of their home stating, "Don’t forget to raise the flag, but please don’t be goofy and salute it afterward." Her husband responded by saying, "Don’t you love your country?" The wife replied, "I am very patriotic, but I would never salute that flag. You embarrass yourself when you do it, especially when the neighbors see you." "Well, all I know is if I don’t raise the flag, we’ll lose our electricity, our car will be towed away, and eventually we will be evicted! Being a veteran of the Army, as long as the flag is red, white, and blue, I will always salute it!" "Oh, have it your own way, answered his wife, "but it’s not the raising of the flag to which I object, it’s you're saluting it afterward that bothers me!" What were the circumstances behind this couple’s bizarre-sounding argument?
The flag on the couple’s mailbox in front of their home was painted red, white, and blue to resemble the American flag. When the husband put their outgoing bills and other mail in the mailbox, he had to raise the flag to be sure their outgoing mail would be picked up by their mail delivery person. Being a veteran and a patriotic person, he felt compelled to salute the flag each time he raised it.