During my many years as a student, then continuing throughout my teaching career,
the end of May has always triggered an excitement within me.
Michigan cold is finally being shaken loose.
Summertime warmth is taking its place.
Memorial Day, especially, marked the countdown to the anticipated freedom from school.
Freedom from routine, homework, tests, and all other mental gymnastics required to prove a year of academic success.
Memorial Day was the holiday that opened the door to glimpse the approach of a much needed vacation.
It was a celebration of the arrival of summer and another school year’s completion.
It was the springboard to dive into summer fun.
It promised time with family and friends in the lazy days of summer.
But Memorial Day is much more than these.
Memorial Day is a time to remember those from the past, that made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms I enjoy today.
A day to remember and be thankful.
Though I say it to ears that no longer hear.