Something Swell on Saturday…Memorial Day weekend

The 3:30 Project is a collaborative blog by three life-long friends: Maggie, Mary Margaret and Jillian. On Saturdays, Mary Margaret plans to post something from the week that made her smile.

My something swell is very obvious this week because I am taking a very quick two-day trip home to Georgia for family time! This will be the first time my two nephews will meet, since they live in different states, and only the second time I’ve gotten to hold my younger nephew (who’s six months old now!!) plus I get to rub Emily’s baby bump (I need my niece to hear my voice for the first time!)….so, basically what could be more swell than any of these things? I’m only sorry the trip will be so brief, since I have to get back to work on actual Memorial Day on Monday.

But Memorial Day is another important and even positive thing to reflect on this week–though also sad since we are remembering people who have lost their lives. It reminds me, who lately often feels despairing and cynical about the state of our nation, that since its foundation, there have people willing to stand up and risk their lives in service to this country and the other people who live in it. Our ideals of of freedom and preservation of life and liberty, which I believe lie at the core of our nation’s values have asked of people to risk their very being. While I believe there is little glory in war, that victories of violence can scarce be labeled as victory,  I also believe there is great honor in what we do in the service of other people.  I believe that we do owe a great debt of gratitude to those who were willing to put our lives before their very own. The people we remember on Memorial Day believed in the preservation of this nation and it’s people, so I must also continue to believe in the worthiness of this pursuit of preservation.

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…I’m gonna be super happy snuggling my nephews. Thank you to those who gave everything to preserve a nation where I could do that safely on a Saturday afternoon.