I'm falling behind again, and I blame my mom. The boys and I are staying with her and dad for a few days and we are totally being spoiled. I'm basically holding the whiny toddler or sitting on the couch eating ice cream and caramel rolls. Yikes!
Yesterday Dad went to help out another farmer so mom and I took the boys to my hometown's Memorial Day program and I'm so glad we did! My generation seems to have lost the sense of responsibility our parents had to attend community events like this and to remember why we have "holidays" like Memorial Day in the first place. I'm hoping to instill those values I learned from my parents into my own kids.
The program had me back in the gym that hosted my high school graduation, lot hear 16 years ago. My neice played in the band, directed by my former director. The atmosphere was a bit surreal to me. Our tiny town has lots of musical talent, and the high school kids did a phenomenal job on several musical selections. A local Navy corporal spoke, and the whole thing was really great.
I know personally exactly 0 people who have died in the line of service, and I'm grateful for that. I feel deep sorrow and gratitude for people who have lost family members in that way, and I respect veterans, especially those from my family and circle of friends. It's so easy (SO EASY) to complain about what's going on in our country today, but I'm reminded that without the sacrifice of so many, we may not have the freedom to complain at all, and we'd have so much more to complain about.