Monday, May 25, 2009
Memorial Day - Let the Summer Come Again.
In which the hammock makes a reappearance.
And the rest of our town too. Our Memorial Day Parade.
Everyone but us (and a handful of others with pre-school kids) seems to march.
We sat on the sidelines and ate.
Along with some friends.
Jordan did a nice job of waving to the veterans, firefighters and policemen.
But, that might be because they were throwing lollipops out to the kids.
All kidding aside, today's special long weekend was brought to you courtesy of others who deserve recognition.
Jeff's cousin Sherry, sent this along, and I wanted to share.
The kids and I decorated the front lawn with small American flags, planted discretely among the landscaping. Then, they held their own impromptu parade up and down our front walkway. In the meantime, Oscar managed to sneak off and was promptly picked up by our town's finest.
I wasn't entirely sure how to explain Memorial Day to our kids. They certainly understand the concept of fighting for what they want - at least among themselves. But, immediately one of us intervenes to show them that they have to work out their problems and share.
Except, sometimes you do have to fight.
Sometimes you have to stand up for yourself and what you believe in.
That's a lesson that they will have to learn for themselves.
Today, I appreciate the fact that I live in a country where so many others have fought for our right to live as we do.