How do you plan to celebrate this U.S. holiday? We’ll have family and a few friends over on Sunday for a cookout. I remember watching soap operas as a college student and young mom. Those shows always had family gatherings around the various summer holidays, and I thought they were so fun. (Back then the story lines weren’t as way out as they later became.) So that’s been a model for what the holidays should be. I have no childhood memories of special celebrations around Memorial Day (Odd since my father was in the Air Force) or of Labor Day. Fourth of July was a big deal, but with fireworks, not so much a cookout with family and friends.
On Monday, we’ll drive to Nocona, TX to help celebrate our oldest great niece’s high school graduation. Congratulations, Addison. (I used her name for the heroine in Book 1 The Secoind Chances Series, SECOND ACT.)
This holiday in 2015, we bought our lakehouse but used it only for weekends, continuing to live in our house in town. We’d never lived on a lake before and didn’t know if we could adjust to such a smaller place. We just knew we loved the view. A couple of years ago when the old boathouse was still standing.
Lakes have waves! Who knew?
Because we found we didn’t want to go back to town on Sunday evening, we decided to move in full time. Then in spring of 2016, we sold our large home we’d been in for over 20 years and on Memorial Day weekend in 2016, we actually moved into the lakehouse after extensive remodeling.
It’s been one of the best things we’ve ever done. And so every Memorial Day, we’ve celebrated on the lake with family and friends, commemorating our good fortune and remembering those who gave their lives, so we can choose how we spend this holiday.
We can choose if and when and who we vote for in elections. We can choose to run for office. We can choose to be an activist for various causes. We can choose to do nothing. People died so we can have the freedom to choose. And for that, I’m profoundly grateful.
What’s your experience with Memorial Day? Do you visit cemeteries? Do you have cookouts? Is it all about the SALES? Love to hear from you.