Updated: Sep 12, 2020
You have probably heard of the Can Do spirit. I heard about it when I was dating my husband. He was a Seabee in the Navy. I have adopted this spirit because I like why the bee was chosen as their mascot. Seabees used to build military camp sites and only used their guns when attacked. Hence their slogan, We Build, We Fight. A bee will not attack except in self-defense. I can relate, if I really want to do something, I will get it done. No matter how long it may take or what I have to do to produce it.
I coin the can do spirit because it is catchy, similar to Rosie the Riveter's mantra. Basically, both Seabees and Rosie have passion behind their motivation. The Seabee’s became well known after WWI, when they built bridges and roads for troops to get to the next battleground. My great uncle was a Seabee during the Korean War but I didn’t learn that until after his death. I watched The Fighting Seabee’s movie with John Wayne and thought of him and what he might have built. Non-sequitur, my son loves this movie and torments my husband at times by telling people he loves it because of John Wayne not the Seabees. Rosie, may be more familiar with people, after building the bridge for employees rights in factories around the same era.
Both icons have continued their legacy but have developed into ambassadorship and causes. Seabee’s have helped build structures in foreign lands to empower a community. Rosie continues to be the icon for motivation and community activism.
My can do spirit exhausts my husband as he is a simple man. ‘Can’t I serve my country during my 9 to 5 job and be left alone afterwards’, he says. I laugh. He doesn’t and never has had a job like that. I keep him busy with my can do hobbies as I like to fix things too. Stay tuned to read about one of my fix-it, or can do projects that entertained over 200 teenagers overnight. Yep, and I still keep evolving!
--The Evolving Mother (and proud military spouse!)