Freedom and summer

All weekend, when I logged into Facebook, I am reminded of two things: freedom and summer. Between all of the remembrance posts and military tributes on FB to all of the scenes from summer, including pictures of children swimming, family barbecues, weddings, and ice cream outings that kept popping up in my news feed, I couldn’t help but reflect on my own sense of patriotism and lunge into summer this weekend.

Here are a few of my favorite Memorial Day status updates from five of my (anonymous) FB friends.

1. “Salute the ones who died, the ones that gave their lives so we don’t have to sacrifice all the things we love. I hope all really remember what today is all about.”

2. “Thanks to all who have served past, present, and future, happy memory day everyone!”

3. “Happy Memorial Day! To my husband and all the men and women of the armed forces…Thank you for serving and sacrificing so much.”

4. “Today I thank all those who gave there lives so we could be free, especially thanking my cousin Ryan!! Happy Memorial day!!”

5. “Happy Memorial Day! Thank you to all of those, past and present, serving in the US Armed Forces for all that you do for our country and to the families that stick by your sides.”

Well said friends! We all know and have known men and women who bravely sacrifice their lives to honor and defend our country. Giving pause with family and friends on Memorial Day is only one small and special way to acknowledge our military personnel. Thank you yesterday, today, tomorrow, and the other 362 days of the year!!

Here is my favorite Memorial Day photo I saw posted on FB. The photo, taken by a former colleague at Virginia Tech, Cortney, from her front porch toward Ellett Valley in Blacksburg, VA is priceless. LOVE this photo!

With Memorial Day comes the onset of summer…

Swimming!

Grilling!

Family!

Ice cream!

Wedding season!

Vacation!

I loved logging into FB this weekend and browsing my friends pictures that all represented signs of summer. Here are a few Petrich family photos (starring Lance) from the weekend. Not unlike those of my friends, we swam, we grilled, Lance mowed the lawn in the nude (ok, this might be unique to our family), we ate corn on the cob, we went out for ice cream…

No, it doesn’t take logging into Facebook for reminders of the privileges and pleasures that come with freedom and summer, but it sure was nice to see so many commendable representations!

Have a great four-day week,

The Banter Lady

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blogger, picture-taker, diaper-changer, runner

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