Happy Memorial Day, friends! I hope that you don’t have to work today, that you get to spend time relaxing with the ones that you love, that you get to eat delicious summer foods, that you get to hit up some great sales. I also hope that you take a few minutes to remember what Memorial Day is really all about.
I wanted to participate in a race today, but I couldn’t find one to suit my fancy. Instead, I discovered Wear Blue Runs for the Fallen. (Shout out to Cynthia! I wouldn’t have known about this had I not seen the post she wrote on her blog.) The goal of the race is to have people, wherever they are in the world, pledge the miles that they are running (or walking) on Memorial Day. The website says, “It is not about pledging money, it is about pledging miles so that together we can create a living memorial.” How could I pass that up. I couldn’t! I pledged 3 miles.
I woke up early-ish this morning to beat the heat. I donned my blue Army Wife running top, suited up Geronimo, and hit the pavement.
During my run, I saw:
- 3 American flags
- 12 other runners, walkers, cyclists in the neighborhood
- 1 woman gardening
- 30 kids (approximately) at track practice
- 2 dogs on walks with their owners
- 3 little girls selling donuts on their front lawn
I couldn’t help but think, “This is America, and aren’t we lucky!” My eternal thanks to those who have served our country.*