Here it is:
“Oh Saye, Can You See?
It’s pretty embarrassing. The way we seem to get the holidays connected to our military all mixed up. It’s about 4:30 on MEMORIAL DAY 2015, and I have already heard at least half a dozen folks yelling “HAPPY Memorial Day!” Or, as happened a few minutes ago, a sincere man coming up to Robert and me–and shaking the hand of Robert (retired Army), exclaiming, “Thank you for your service!” And while good-natured, neither response is actually appropriate.
Memorial Day, of course, is a day set aside for paying tribute to and remembering, with thanksgiving, all those who gave their lives while serving our country in the military.
Here’s a great little article explaining the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day:
And here’s a beautiful photo essay about Memorial Day:
Meaningful, Appreciative Memorial Day to you all today!
MAY — an incredibly joyful month, don’t you think?
Five Reasons for Happy:
1. An early morning walk along the McQueens-Tybee Island trail (between Savannah and Tybee Island–10 mins from my apartment).
2. Grandson Daniel in his end-of-year Who Am I? Research Biography presentation. (He was Paul McCartney, btw.)
(Okay. okay, maybe I helped him a little with the tri-board.)
(He could only get such coolness from his grandfather. Seriously.)
The kids had to explain their research, poster-board-presentation-style, to the folks in attendance.
They do that kinda stuff nowadays in 2nd Grade?! Research?! All I did in 2nd grade was spend a year of trying (mostly unsuccessfully) to stop crying for mama.
3. Being a judge for the 2015 Savannah Authors Anthology. Such fun!
(I want to be a judge … full time. And get paid. Exorbitantly. Call me if you or yours need high-end judging.)
4. Getting 2015 Beach Ready.
5. Seafood at Safe Harbor in Mayport, FL. (After taking the ferry across the St. John’s River on the south end of Amelia Island.)
Safe, Joyful Weekend ahead to you all!
I love the month of May. There’s something hopeful, potential, expectant about its very name, “May.”
And here come a few more of my Joy Causers this week:
1. Granddog Spyro.
2. The difficult (for me) but truthful freedom of this declaration:
3. Incredible sand art outside one of the classroom buildings at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design).
This is a collaborative class project called “The Art of the Spectacle.”
4. Loving every moment of Grandson Daniel’s performance in the Savannah Children’s Theatre Dance Program Recital, “Dance Around the World” last weekend.
Can you see D in the lower right hand side of the dance teacher’s selfie?
(Shouldn’t that really be called an “usie” or a “themsie”?)
5. Coffee and beignets at Huey’s on River Street this morning.
Okay, I LOVE New Orleans, but our beignets here in Savannah are fritters better than theirs at Café du Monde.
YOU SIMPLY MUST KEEP READING BECAUSE I HAVE A FEW MORE THAN MY USUAL FIVE HAPPY BRINGERS.
6. Enjoying the simple beauty of the community Trustees Vegetable Garden (across from my place on East Broad Street here in Savannah).
7. Daughter Amy’s birthday celebration (with a lil help from grandson Gabriel).
8. Robert’s homemade (first time ever) egg rolls.
9. Rejoicing in the incredible ability to breathe deeply.
MAY you have many reasons to smile this Mother’s Day weekend!
Today’s quote is in honor of good buddies Jamie Smith and Brennan Arkins, who were beautifully married yesterday evening at the Ships of the Sea Gardens (here in Savannah).
“An April Weekend.” Doesn’t that sound wonderful? (Although a bit like a Harlequin Romance novel.)
Here are five causers (is that a word?) of my present joy.
1. A couple more examples of neighborhood nature joy near me in historic district Savannah:
2. An incredible Easter. Here are my four grandies–Twin Madison, Gabriel, Twin Matthew and Daniel.
More random Easter 2015 pics:
(Unhappy and Happy)
3. Easter afternoon, after church and food stuffing, seeing beautiful deer in daughter Amy’s backyard on Skidaway Island.
4. Later, my Easter tradition with Robert of having late Easter evening dessert at a nice restaurant/lounge (The Mansion in Savannah).
5. The ability to find good.
A joyful April weekend to you all!
Quick explanation. Why do I, each Friday, post my Five Friday Happy Bringers?
Honest answer: I’m selfish.
Selfish in that, I truly believe, the more we are appreciative, the more we SPECIFICALLY express our gratitude, the more GOOD flows into our lives. I’ve seen that principle flow perfectly SO many times. I keep a daily Thanksgiving Book (some people call it a Gratitude Journal). It’s a phenomenal practice.
So here’s what I’m THANKFUL FOR this week.
1. Grandparents’ Day at Savannah Country Day School yesterday.
So I was to meet Donna at the playground at 8:45 so we could walk in together, but she was running a little late. I stood there, seeing all these folks walking past me, thinking, “These people look OLD. My goodness! It’s SO COOL they recognize the seniors.”
But I said hello to each and every one of the elderly. And I felt ELATED when I realized they thought I was one of the Official Greeters (and not a senior-something.) But then Donna arrived, and we walked into the “Media Center” (what’s wrong with “Library”?).
These people were, well maybe in their 60″s or 70″s!
Wait, I’m there too. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?
But what fun! Daniel and some of his friends:
Daniel, with Nana and Abu:
Daniel’s biography research project is on Paul McCartney,
Daniel shared the closing “Thank You for Coming”:
What Grandparent Joy!
2. Next, walking over to younger grandson Gabriel’s Easter Egg Hunt across campus (G is Pre-K.)
Again, what part of “Smile as if you are normal” don’t they understand.
.3. Okay, I’m on a GR (Grandparent Rampage). Yesterday afternoon took me to Calvary Day School and the egg hunt of grandtwins Matthew and Madison.
(Nana with twins)
Enough, enough of grandparenting.
4. Appreciating Allegra (even as I appreciate Savannah’s springtime).
5. Enjoying the joy of colorful window flowers.