Thoughts on Memorial Day

american flagI have been thinking all morning about Memorial Day and how much I have always loved it.All of us at work looked so forward to an extra long weekend.Some of us went on vacation.It is the beginning of camping season to some and to the country folks a time to get your garden planted and the lawn trimmed for the summer season.In a way it is sad,because I believe a lot of us, myself included,sometimes forget the reason we get the day off in the first place.

daddy 001This is my Dad.He was Daddy to his little girls and we loved him intensely.He was a paratrooper in the Korean War.I love this picture of him with his sister,my Aunt Bets,and a family friend.My Grandma Hahn had oodles of letters he wrote to her when he was on deployment and let me read them one time.He was always up beat and I knew he loved his Mom.Those letters she cherished even after he got home.There was no email Facebook or Skype back then so I can imagine how many times those snippets of love were looked at.He came home married my mom and had five little girls.He was killed in a car accident when I was eight years old and my littlest sister was not even two.

bethy 6This is my daughter Bethany Lorelei.She is in the  United States Navy.Here she is in the Honor Guard at Arlington National Cemetery.

 

Bethy 3Now she is an inspector for the Navy in the aircraft department.She tries to explain things to me but most of the time it goes right over my head.I know this isn’t the right way to say her job but I hope you get the idea.I never thought that my little Boots would be doing this.She is proud and she is happy and I’m not bragging but very good at her job.That is just a fact.I believe she was first in her class and she got many awards.You go little Owendalette.Your family loves you.

I hope this Memorial weekend  everyone stops and takes a minute to reflect on the people that help keep us safe.They are somebodies dad,wife,daughter,son.Let’s remember why we get this long weekend and if you can and you know somebody in the military,give them some love.It is easy with todays technology.Okay Bethy,get ready now, here it comes,can you feel it?That’s right it’s my arms around you in the biggest cyber hug you have ever felt.Now here comes Dad with his arms open,too.Oh ,and no that wasn’t a hair brushing on your forehead,it was his kiss.Thank you and love you.Mom and Dad

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