Share Your World #22

Every country in the world has lost men and women in some kind of Armed Forces. When does your country celebrate or mourn their deaths? (Optional)
Memorial Day is today, the last Monday in May. This is the day we remember our fallen heroes. It’s a bit touchy for me. I’m one of those people who cringes every time someone wishes me a “Happy Memorial Day!” To me, this is like saying, “Enjoy your uncle’s funeral!” or something. They mean well, no doubt. I’m not suggesting we all watch war movies and visit cemeteries, by all means, enjoy the day off work and eat your barbecue, plant your flowers, make your patriotic fruit dessert, but Happy just makes me cringe.

What is your favorite holiday or holidays?
Fourth of July

How do you celebrate that holiday?
This varies. Typically, we go to the parade in the morning, I cook a lot in the afternoon, we eat, and then we go downtown for the fireworks show at night. I. love. fireworks.


Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I am full of gratitude from last week. Moo basically won the 6th grade, we had date night, news of the best kind came along, I got a lot done, the weather was balanced — it was a great week!
This week I’m looking forward to Taco Tuesday with our friends and I’m sure I will get more done around the house and in the yard.

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Cee’s Share Your World is a weekly feature and all are welcome to play along.

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24 Responses to Share Your World #22

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Nicely done. I managed to avoid “happy” in my post, but not on Facebook. Maybe next year I’ll break that habit.

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  2. Josh Wrenn says:

    I would appreciate it if someone told me to enjoy my Unlcle’s funeral. But I’m weird like that. And that is of course, ignoring the sadness I would be feeling over his death. Funerals should be slightly enjoyable to me. A celebration of life, rather a mourning of death.

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  3. Judith says:

    I agree about the “happy” thinking, but I guess it’s more acceptable than saying “Have a somber and solemn Memorial Day” — which is what I tend to think it should be. But then, I also like the idea of “honoring” someone’s life as a celebration. It’s not that we’re happy they’re gone, but we’re glad they lived and we want to acknowledge all the joy they knew in their life. What irks me is that there are a lot of young people today who don’t even know what “Memorial Day” is all about — except that it’s the day when school is out, the pools open, and summer unofficially begins. Enjoy the day, yes, kids, but know what it’s all about and be grateful that men and women have died to preserve our American way of life.

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    • joey says:

      Yep. I truly think a lot of people don’t know, but I also realize everyone does everything differently — maybe especially holidays. This is just my own response.

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  4. baldjake70 says:

    I just bite my tongue. I know most mean well. That being said I would prefer not being wished a Happy Memorial Day. I am always appreciative that someone thanks me for my service, but it is not Veterans Day, but rather a time to reflect on the lives lost by those that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. I simply smile, say thank you, and think of the trees and markers that I used to run past on every Saturday morning on base.

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  5. Benson says:

    Very nice post. As a kid a lot of old folks called it Remembrance Day. A day to remember all those that passed,not just service people. Every year we would drive to the Southern part of the state for my Mom to place wreaths on her mother’s and aunt’s graves, and later her father’s. I have no idea how wide spread a custom it was. Regardless today is the one day we all should think of and remember all of those men and women who died for us;to ensure we could be us.

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    • joey says:

      Thank you. I think visits to graves over Memorial Day weekend are still a fairly common occurrence, at least around here.


  6. jan says:

    Halloween is my favorite holiday !

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  7. Luanne says:

    It’s funny (not) that you would mention about using Happy Memorial Day. I have been saying it to people and each time I cringe thinking the same thing as you, but using it as a shorthand for telling them to enjoy their families and their time off work. You”re right though: it’s not a good idea. Halloween used to be my favorite holiday, but now I don’t really like holidays at all.

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  8. Cee Neuner says:

    Thanks Joey for commenting. “happy” just doesn’t seem to fit. 😀

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  9. larva225 says:

    I totally agree about the “happy” deal. We had folks over yesterday – not for “Memorial Day.” It just worked out that way. I felt guilty somehow.


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