The night before I went into the army my girl and I watched an old movie together. It was the 1949 Technicolor Western She Wore a Yellow Ribbon directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne. Three long years later, I had completed my service, done my duty serving my country, but I was not sure if I would be welcomed home by my girl. She didn’t want me to go away, because I would be gone for so long. The movie gave me this idea, so I asked my love to tie a yellow ribbon around the ole oak tree in front of the house, if she still wanted to be with me when I returned. When I rode by on the bus, if the ribbon was not there. this would be a signal telling me that she had moved on. I was worried as the bus approached her house and I asked the bus driver to check to see if he saw a yellow ribbon out in front of her house. The whole bus started to cheer and I was amazed to see, one hundred yellow ribbons were tied around that old oak tree.
Written for Paula’s Thursday Inspiration 7, where the theme is ribbon.