Who should you be remembering today?
Bonus: In the U.S. today is memorial day, a holiday started after the Civil War to remember people who served. Decades later, under the Uniform Holidays Bill, Memorial day moved to be on a Monday to create three day weekends. Do you think this helps people remember the meaning of the a holiday, or dilutes it?
Wow guys, thanks for reminding me! I actually did have a moment of rememberance today, while driving down Moana Lane in Reno…there was a man – a vet, no doubt – and he was driving one of those 4 wheel scooters, a pretty nice one, and I was glad to see the VA is taking care of those that they can. Those that qualify?
The point is, he was a big dude, in full camo, and on the back of his scooter was a huge Old Glory. At the front of the scooter was a smaller, yet still substantial flag. & honest to God it never even crossed my mind that it was in honor of Memorial Day.
That guy knows what day it is, and I think it’s safe to assume that he has lost friends, one might even go so far as to assume that he feels lucky that he made it out alive, of that place where men and women, and all too often children as well, die.
That place is called war, and it is everywhere, it sometimes seems. Oh! Well, except for here… We wander around day to day, and feel glum that we don’t have more pocket money, and get tired of our jobs and families – and never really do stop to think about what it all means. What sacrifices have been made for our freedom, which translates to comfort, which again is boiled down to boredom and discontent.
When I think Memorial Day, I think sales…I think, oh that’s the holiday when everyone goes camping in the spring. & I then triangulate where that will effect business. That’s really all that any of these holidays mean to me any more – how many tourists will be in town, and will they want a sandwich or a salad?
Is it white wine season yet, or shall I keep the emphasis on the reds?
It’s a bunch of crap, really.
The only thing this society reveres and honors, is the Almighty Dollar. & I am more often than not, ashamed to be such a willing player in the game.