This day was set aside during the Civil War as a day to remember Union soldiers who fought and lost their lives during war. It was called Decoration Day. We've been watching the Civil War miniseries that we recorded from the History Channel sometime ago. It is a powerful message of the futility and destruction of lives wrought by war. Today I also remember the Confederate Soldiers who were apparently left out of the original declaration.
Today we know this day as Memorial Day. We have a great deal to be thankful for, and those who fought and died to protect us, deserve to be remembered. As I sit here typing, through the corner of my eye I catch sight of our American Flag dancing in the wind. Without the death of so many brave souls, that flag would be no more. The thought is a bit overpowering.
I also remember those who fought in other wars - wars that could even have been avoided or were ours not to fight - and lived to come home with memories and heartaches too powerful to talk about. Experiences that haunted or will haunt them the rest of their lives. They have paid a very high price for their patrioism. You, too, are in my heart and prayers.
Today I also keep my nephew, Jesse, in my thoughts and prayers as he continues to serve his country and lives in the dangers of war.
God Bless You every single one - and God Bless America.
The sun is shining here, the heat is upon us, and the cicadas are singing louder every day. We were able to hear them inside our closed up house this morning. It is an amazingly powerfully irritating song. The shells they are leaving everywhere are pretty irritating too.
I am out of my funk now. Sometimes life just gets a bit overwhelming. In answer to some of your comments on my previous post, our "situation house guest" will have been here a year on August 29. We have told him that it is our goal - and must be his goal - to be in a place of his own by August 29 of this year. He now has a steady, although low paying and no benefits, job. Once he is again standing on his own two feet, it is my belief that his self esteem will return. With that, hopefully, will come better opportunities. I can only pray.
Love and good wishes to all.