Ah, we've reached it. What many think of as the official start to summer. Memorial Day weekend.
And while it's nice to have a day off on Monday (if you do!), many forget to stop and remember what this weekend is really all about.
Those who have come before and fought and died for the rights we have and the things we believe in. The things we so often take for granted. And those who continue to serve. To fight.
This weekend is about much, much more than an extra day off.
Did you go to church this morning? Or not? Someone fought and died to give you the right to choose.
Have you read (or written?) a good book lately? A book of your choice? Romance, mystery, thriller, fiction, non-fiction? Someone fought and died to give you the right to do so.
Have you walked down the street, in public, and had a conversation with a friend about a topic of your choice? Did you agree with your friend? Did you disagree? Did other people perhaps overhear you? Someone fought and died to give you the right to do that.
Are you reading this blog? Will you comment? Someone fought and died to give you the right to express your opinion.
Many wars and battles have been fought over the years to secure and preserve the rights and privileges we have here in the United States. We might not always agree on the whys or the wherefores, but that's our right as well. Often we forget to think about those things as rights. They are so much a part of our lives. Things we take for granted. The way we live. But it wasn't always that way. It isn't that way in many places. And we need to remember those who fought, and continue to fight, to keep those things we hold dear. That let us live our lives the way we do, in whatever way we choose.
This weekend, it doesn't matter what religion you are or what political party you endorse. We all have so much in common. The right to have things in common and the right to disagree about the things we don't.
So as you enjoy the extra time for play or work or both, and no matter what you believe in or cherish, remember to remember.
Until next time,
Happy Reading! (Whatever you choose.)