Posts Tagged ‘Memorial Day’

As Soon As I Get The Chance, And I Hope That Chance Is Soon

May 29, 2017

Even though I’ve made my feelings abundantly clear regarding treating Memorial Day as just another three day weekend, even I have to admit that today as I’m getting the end of the school year paperwork in order for my son, I am profoundly grateful that I have this three day weekend to fight this particular bureaucratic battle.

I’ll still be raising a glass in honor of all the warriors everywhere and everywhen who put themselves in harm’s way in the defense of others, of course.

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Memorial Day Thoughts 2016

May 30, 2016

The other day somebody from Europe asked me if I was planning to “celebrate” Memorial Day.  Since the question caught me off guard, I found myself fighting uphill to explain that I didn’t “celebrate” Memorial Day, I observed it.  As there was a slight language barrier involved as well the cultural one, I never did fully get my point across at the time, but I’ve had ample opportunity since then to further consider things.

Some holidays, like Halloween, I celebrate, and if at the end of the day I didn’t have a good time, then I’ll consider the holiday a “failure” for that year.  Memorial Day, on the other hand, is a day I observe with as much quiet respect as possible, with my “celebration” being limited to raising a glass or two to the fallen.  It’s a somber day for me, and having a good time or not simply isn’t something I consider.

Come to think of it, in some ways Memorial Day is easier on me than the holidays I “celebrate” . . . because the only way I can fail Memorial Day is to fail to remember it.

Memorial Day Event Thoughts (Part Five)

May 31, 2013

5.  For those who doubt the sustainability of yesterday’s “zoo of imagination” idea, I submit to you this:  My son spent half an hour giving sticks to a bear that wasn’t there for anyone else but him.

(Not that the bear didn’t appreciate it, mind you.)

Memorial Day Event Thoughts (Part Four)

May 30, 2013

4.  Once I thought about it, son, I see your point.  An empty bear enclosure with a picture of a bear is just about as good as an enclosure with an actual animal in it.  Half the time you can’t see the animals even if they are there.

(I wonder if they’d be any money in designing an entire children’s zoo around this premise?  Call it the “zoo of imagination” and you could “stock” it with just about anything you’d like.  Only charge a pittance just a little over what you’d need for upkeep, and I’d bet you’d do alright.)

Memorial Day Event Thoughts (Part Three)

May 29, 2013

3.  Speaking of money, if you read the flyer carefully enough to see where it said admission for children 4 to 11 was half off, you read it carefully enough to realize ages 12 and above were full price.  Don’t try to pretend otherwise.

(The clerk is obligated to appear as if they believe it was an honest mistake on your part even after you continue to argue the point with them.  I am not so restricted, however.)

Memorial Day Event Thoughts (Part Two)

May 28, 2013

2.  When you go to a crafts booth and buy a little handmade something (in this case, a set of yarn finger puppets for L.), provided both craft and creator are worthwhile, you do realize that a lot more effort went into the creation of said craft than the creator is asking you to pay, right?

(For the record, ma’am, I, for one, was happy to give you the dollar apiece you were asking for your puppets.)

Memorial Day Event Thoughts (Part One)

May 27, 2013

Rather than repeat myself on my thoughts regarding Memorial Day (again), this year I’d like to focus on some of the thoughts that occurred to me as I took L. to his first real Memorial Day event:

1.  Have you ever noticed at any public gathering that is supposed to be “fun,” just how few smiles there are compared to the number of frowns?

(They’re not all going to be like this, but I thought I’d start with the gloomiest thought first.)