It's the start of a holiday weekend here in the US. Labor Day is on Monday which heralds the unofficial end of summer. We will note our appreciation for those who braved the horrid working conditions in the past and who work so hard to provide food and materials for us today. Then we will feast on hot dogs. I will share a secret...I LOVE HOT DOGS. Since they are not at all nutritious I limit myself to one on Independence Day and another on Labor Day. (All right, I also might eat one when our daughter visits and she and I go on our little jaunts through the mountains.)
Lucy, of course, does not recognize most holidays. I'm sure she smells the turkey roasting on Thanksgiving and she certainly notices all the decorating at Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, but they don't make much difference to her. She rather enjoys watching us putting out decorations, especially decorating the tree. But otherwise holidays don't affect her. There are two exceptions, Independence Day and Labor Day. On those days the park she normally visits daily is taken over by folks celebrating the holidays. So she doesn't get to go since she would not be able to run off lead.
My husband takes Lucy to the park very early in the mornings, especially during summers. She loves the cooler air, and my husband loves the quiet. On a recent visit, he took some photographs of Lucy during rest periods. Lucy is eleven now but does not understand the aging process. (In fact, I think she believes this acting grown up thing is highly over-rated.) Consequently she will not pace herself. So after a period of sprinting, we make her sit.
She sits in the mossy/sandy area near the beach.
I love the long shadows contrasting with the bright sunlight.
There are many things to fear in this world of ours. But we cannot let the fear-mongering spouted by some politicians affect our thinking. They seem to think if they shout the unfounded fears loudly enough, people will begin to believe them. Unfortunately they are right. Many people are duped by the rhetoric, half-truths and down-right lies. So it is fitting that today quotes are about fear.
The first is by the Greek philosopher Plato:
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark;
The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
The next one is from American author Neale Donald Walsch:
FEAR is an acronym in the English language for
Our thoughts go out to those affected by the Hurricane Hermine as she moves along the Atlantic coast. And for the displaced everywhere. And for those who live in danger and fear.
And especially this weekend, our thoughts go out to the laborers everywhere.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND, EVERYONE.
STAY SAFE AND HELP OTHERS.