By definition, Memorial Day is a day set aside to express thanks to those who have served and to offer condolences for those who have been lost or have died. It is a day for remembering, celebrating, and commemorating. Celebrating freedoms that have been won, remembering times of trouble where freedom was lost, and commemorating the people who have sacrificed so that we can have those freedoms. As Americans, we have so many privileges and rights and pleasures that have resulted from those who have gone before us, paving the road to those very ends. I confess that I often take for granted the comfortable American life that I live, not paying enough attention or giving enough credit to the people who have made this comfort a possibility.
Being like my grandma is a life-long pursuit of mine. Her gentle nature while at home, her hospitable ways, and her peaceful presence will be what I choose to remember, celebrate and commemorate today. While the holiday Memorial Day typically focuses on heroes of war, I will be in touch with my memorial to my grandma, one of my personal heroes, today. She raised a family of 4 kids plus my grandpa, she kept a tidy and beautiful home, she went to church, she made people feel loved, she took personal pride in things around her that she loved... such a beautiful life! Thank you, Grandma. I honor and remember the life that you lived, and desire to continue your legacy as the years continue to pass. My grandparents were my absolute favorite people on earth while they were here ( and I like to think that I was one of theirs as well!!) I miss them all the time, and if I could have an evening sitting on the porch with them, in their gliding chairs, it would be the most delightful thing. Because they have passed on, I will just remember, and be thankful for all that is in me that was handed down by them.