Today millions of people will pull out their lawn chairs, dust off the deck furniture, fill their coolers with ice and relax in their backyards. While hundreds of thousands more will take to the roads and head to the beach, their camps or to concerts, to enjoy our three day holiday weekend.
Here in my small corner of the world, in Maine, it is the weekend known as, time to plant the garden. Basically that means, we are out of danger of the temperature going low enough to cause a frost.
Happily, our gardens are all planted with lettuce, kale, spinach, carrots, beets, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers (lots of hot ones), green beans, onions, zucchini and of course, all our herbs.
Oh, and the watermelon is under the white wrap. Growing watermelon in Maine, because of our...not so hot temperatures, could make for a struggle to get fruit, but we are up for the challenge.
As we look at our gardens, we know there is absolutely no way ever, that we can eat all the scrumptious veggies it will produce for us.
So a thought evolves into a plan, and there will likely be a garden stand on our front lawn to share our bounty with our neighbors this late summer and fall.
Incredibly thankful that we have all this food and beauty for us and to share with other amazing people.
Which leads me in this moment to ask, "please remember what this long weekend stands for. It is not about the barbecues, the lake, or the garden. It is about honoring the men and women who died while serving in the US Military. Without their service and dedication, we might not have the immense freedoms that we have today." Our lives could be commensurately different.
Did you know that, Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day by General John Logan, who was a leader for Northern Civil War veterans? The day was set aside to remember both Union and Confederate soldiers.
The date of Decoration Day, became May 30, because it was not a date of any battle. By the late 1880's the holiday officially became known as Memorial Day.
In 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
Please take a few moments and remember with me, the American Soldiers who did not come home. And send love and compassion to their families in your thoughts this long weekend and every day.
Have an amazing, beautiful weekend. And remember "What is done in love is done well". ~ Vincent Van Gogh