The Memorial Day weekend is finally upon us. While the majority of us will host or attend barbecues and hit the beach, a lot of us will work in one way or another. For moms who work outside the home, having three days off is a luxury but also a time to play catch up. I know that on the days I don’t have to work, I tend to put myself in manic mode trying to clean the house, plan fun activities, shop and get all the things done that need to get done.
Stay- at-home moms are not immune either. Planning family functions and events can be draining. The prep work and planning (not to mention clean-up) that goes into a party is an undertaking. And even without planning barbecues, getting the kids fed, cleaned, and out the door in itself can be a chore at times. Throw in the pool maintenance, summer clothing shopping (or winter clothing storage), laundry, and regular household duties. And quite a few of us have graduations to plan for, everything from Pre-K to college.
No matter what we do, there never seems to be enough time in our day.
Back when I was young, holidays were meant to enjoyed. Stores were closed or closed early, and family and friends gathered leisurely. Today it seems like everyone is cramming in one event after another, one more phone call or email, and one more obligation. It’s exhausting.
But this year especially it seems it’s necessary to celebrate Memorial Day by supporting our troops in some way with our kids no matter how big our to-do list gets. Whether we attend a parade or another event that supports the men and women that sacrifice on a daily basis for us so we can be free and safe, we should show our gratitude.
Since we bought our house, one thing my son loves to do is put out the flag on special days. He tries his best to get the large flagpole into the holder. Last time he managed by himself and we looked around our block and admired the other flags proudly waving in the wind. Then we sat on the steps and talked for a bit about the soldiers and what they are doing overseas.
Gratitude begins in small ways. Today, the kids get out of school early so the first thing we’ll do is raise the flag. While I probably will work for some of the weekend, I’m making it a point to honor the meaning of the holiday…..oh yeah, and relax too!
Enjoy this collection of 28 Memorial Day Recipes!
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