Just a little chit chat today and a couple of links if you are interested. I've been spending a lot of time on my knees in the garden lately, and my back is revolting. I think today I'll try to spend most of the day upright. This weekend, though it's packed with cookouts and picnics, should be spent, at least in part, remembering soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
I remember when I was young and lived in the South where Memorial Day was celebrated in a very solemn manner. I was born and raised to the age of 12 in Cincinnati (barely in the North, with the Ohio river being the boundary between the North and South) and Memorial Day, formerly Decoration Day, was celebrated with picnics and parades. When we moved to the South, we found it was a very solemn day, which I don't think you could say was "celebrated" at all. Folks decorated graves with flags and stores closed for the day, but it was not a celebratory event at all. That's because the South lost the war. From what I have read, the very first Memorial Day was celebrated by African Americans who were grateful to the soldiers who died fighting for their freedom.
Now Memorial Day is a day when the mail doesn't come, school's out, and the local mattress outlet has a big sale. Many people, even those who are educated and should know, don't know that Memorial Day is the day we remember the soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice. It's not Veteran's Day when we remember those who served. It's the day we remember those who died fighting for our freedom. When you thank God for your meal this weekend, be sure to remember those souls.
Just because it is a solemn day doesn't mean we don't eat. My mother's birthday happens to be May 30, so Memorial Day weekend usually includes a little Happy Birthday affair. This year we'll gather on Sunday and my brother is smoking pork ribs and grilling them at my house. We'll also have sangria, Bacon and Onion potato salad, marinated beets, creamed corn, beans and wieners, fruit tart, Pentecost cupcakes made with red velvet cake, because Pentecost is this Sunday.
On Monday we'll have another small get together with burgers and dogs and Summer Bulgur Salad and baked beans (again). I haven't decided on dessert for Monday yet.
I hope you have a restful weekend, friend. Remember our Church's birthday on Sunday, and the souls of our beloved fellow men and women who made our lives in this country possible.