Lest I forget the intent of Memorial Day amidst incredible summer sales and heartache over the state of the world right now —
Today is Memorial Day. I am deeply proud of the brave men and women in my family (and Landon’s) who have served our country and imperiled or lost their lives. And though I don’t find anything foolish or wrong about grieving the losses so many American families have endured with loved ones fighting abroad, this quote reminds me that gratitude is where my heart should be living:
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived.” — George S. Patton
P.S. Memories from my father’s visit to see a Vietnam War exhibit a year or two ago. (He is a Vietnam War vet — 82nd Airborne.)
P.P.S. As summer arrives, revisiting my thoughts on living in alienation from cricketsong and the gorgeousness of swings as a child.