Today we pause to think of those who are no longer with us. Sure, it's nice to have a Monday off, when the beautiful days of summer are starting to dawn and we are enjoying our yards and gardens. To gather with friends and have a picnic, or get to that chore that has so far eluded us. To turn off the alarm clock for another day, and linger over a cup of coffee, and read about the events planned for Memorial Day.
Today, take a moment if you can, to go through your photo albums, and remember those who aren't here.
Remember the occasions you spent together, whether it was Christmas Eve, or a special birthday.
(my aunt Sandy is the one on the right, my mother's sister, she passed away from cancer in 1998.)
Listen to a song that was a favorite of a loved one, and imagine the look on their face.
(My Great Grandma Ethel, my dad's grandma-I like to believe I most take after her-clearly in the drinking department...)
Cook a recipe that was your grandma's, or plant a flower that was always in your grandpa's garden
(my Great Grandpa Peder and Great Grandma Mabel, my mother's grandparents-that's my mom they are holding)
and thank them in your heart for making you the person that you are today.
And Happy Birthday wishes to my sweet dad, who turns 68 today. I'll be home to go fishing soon!