Happy Memorial Daying, good people!
This day has a lot of history, both for me and for American people in general. historically, Memorial Day is a holiday observed on the last Monday in May that is meant to honor and remember those who died in the military while serving their country.
So, let me begin my ranting by expressing my thanks to those ancestors that died fighting for a country that constantly and consistently tried to hold them back from being all that they could be.
I am eternally grateful for your service.
Now, on to the other stuff.
The seasonal department at Wal-Mart lets me know that today is unofficially the first day of summer. There are barbecue grills and lawn chairs everywhere, right around the corner from the mini American flags, suntan lotion and bug repellent. It is official kick off of backyard barbecues and long summer nights, which I am here for.
I'm here for all the summer fun, all 2019. So if you see me outside showing skin and being ratchet, its probably a mirage, so mind your business.
It is also the day that people remember their lost loved ones. I have been fortunate enough to have lived most of my life with my loved ones intact. My grandmothers passed away when I was young, and I still have my grandfather, my parents and a plethora of other people that I love. At least I did.
My Chief lost her battle earlier this year, and its not like every day isn't a day of remembrance for me, but around the corner from all that picnic stuff at Wal-Mart were grave markers and faux flower wreaths. I had no idea before, but apparently there are those that spend time in cemeteries on this Monday, honoring their loved ones that have left this realm of understanding and moved on to the next phase.
So to those of you that are remembering fallen loved ones, whether they fought for our freedom in wars, or lost a personal battle with a disease, or was slain in the streets due to senseless violence, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Loss is in no way easy and it is not something that can be fast forwarded to, so let no one rush you.
Memorial Day is for memories, so let's remember, then celebrate. We are still here. We have time left on this Earth to love and to be loved. Don't dwell on the pain; feel it and use it.
It’s okay to remember. Remembering feels good and makes us smile and helps us cherish the times that we had with our loved ones. Just because they didn’t die in a war doesn’t mean that they didn’t lose a battle. Everyone fights battles. Everyone has something. So remember the smiles and hugs and arguments and good times. It’s worth it.
My Chief is gone, but I'm still here so there is more left for me to do. And I'm going to make sure that I make as many memories as I possibly can...