Lucy loves her humans, but there are days when we are obviously not entertaining enough for the house princess.
Memorial Day 2020
Today is Memorial Day. We are long past the days of spending hours and hours packing the camping gear and scrambling to find the perfect campsite on the lake shore. The Memorial week-end is a quiet time around our house this year. Saturday my wife and I drove about an hour to visit the grave site of her parents. It is over three hours to the place where my parents are interred, so we don’t get there very often, although we will probably make the trip a little later this year.
Our parents were members of what history has called, “The Greatest Generation”. I doubt if any generation will fully appreciate what this group of Americans accomplished. They grew up as children of the Great Depression and as young adults began to climb out of the economic dungeon and into the light of a new promise, fueled in part by the war in Europe. Then, on December 7, 1941 this generation was thrust into World War II on both fronts, engaging Nazi Germany and it’s axis powers in Europe while responding to the Japanese bombing of Peal Harbor in the Pacific. My wife’s father was stationed in Europe while my dad was in the navy and saw action in the Pacific theater. These men and women literally saved this world and built the greatest nation on the planet. As Baby Boomers, we were the direct beneficiaries of their efforts. Nearly all of them are gone now as even the youngest soldiers of that conflict would be in their 90’s now. For all of the things that the educational system says that our children need to learn, we could all still learn a great deal about how to live life from this Greatest Generation. Happy Memorial Day.
Monday’s Music Moves Me
This week the theme at 4M is songs about flowers and gardens. Well that’s a pretty broad subject. Personally I love flowers and gardens. The first song is a little difficult for me to feature. I love roses and one of the earliest songs I can remember about a rose is “Yellow Rose of Texas”, but being a native of Oklahoma it hard for us to pay much respect to Texas, even if it is deserved. There is a little football game in October that pretty much defines the OU/Texas relationship. Still, I love the song.
Okay, so I gave Texas top billing and it is a great song from my pre-adolesence, so now I have to give equal time to my home state with a much more obscure musical offering. Color is not the issue, It’s just an Oklahoma Rose.
I have to admit that one of my favorite songs about flowers or gardens comes from gospel music and many people will recognize it because this song was found in their hymnal. Some people who pray daily have a special place to go and pray. They may choose a quiet place on the patio or a special chair in the corner of a room while others may retreat to a garden to get away from the distractions of this life and spend a few precious moments alone with the God of all creation. They Come to the Garden Alone.
My final offering is a song that I post nearly every year in my Christmas Music Marathon. Selah is one of my favorite Christian groups and Rose of Bethlehem is one of my favorite songs. Stay safe, stay healthy and ave a blessed week.