We're a bit later than usual in planting our little herb garden on the deck. This was the year for re-staining so we had to wait for the weather and the workers. But we still have plenty of summer left to enjoy the fresh herbs in our cooking and salads.
Lucy is always quite interested when we bring anything home and the herbs were no exception. She checked out each one as we put it in the garage. She loved the smells.
Checking out each little pot
No, Mom. I was only just smelling them. I didn't bother a thing.
Any more in there, Dad?
Oh, and flowers too. Lovely
Finally she tired of walking back and forth from the car to the garage, so she stood watching.
I'll just stand here and guard these for you.
Since we live in the woods, we have little room for a garden, so we grow some herbs in containers on our sunny deck. Fortunately we have a market nearby that sells fresh produce from local gardeners so we can enjoy the fruits of the labor of others.
This weekend is the traditional "kick-off" for summer in the US. Memorial Day marks a time for us to remember all those who died in service to our country. (As opposed to Veteran's Day in which we honor all who served.) Memorial Day began as "Decoration Day" immediately following the Civil War.
Here in the south, especially in the mountains, most churches and family cemeteries celebrate a Decoration Day in which families of those buried there come together to clean up the cemetery and decorate the graves with flowers. The hard work is usually followed by a huge potluck picnic. Many families have family reunions on this day.
In cities and towns all across our country, bands will play and wreaths will be laid at the memorials to those who died in service to our country. We will all fly our flags high and sing patriotic songs to celebrate this day.
Thus, it is appropriate that our quote of the week is about patriotism. It comes from Robert Reich, political economist and former Secretary of Labor:
"True patriotism isn't cheap. It's about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America strong."
Unfortunately there are too few Americans willing to take on a fair share of the burden. We see a continuing divide among the very rich and the very poor, the haves and the have nots. Let's all try to do our share for equality.
HAVE A MOST WONDERFUL WEEKEND, EVERYONE! STAY SAFE AND SPEND SOME TIME IN REFLECTION