Monday, May 30, 2011

on remembering.

the picture below is from last year's memorial day. it was a wonderful day, but it was also a typical day. i went to brunch with the boy. i wore bright colors. i broke out the white jeans. i was happy. i was in love. i was a typical girl in her 20s, doing all the typical things one might do. it also happened to be the day my good friend from my high school passed away.
it's not hard to be reminded of memorial day in nyc, as it happens to fall during fleet week. and as much as i love to see the city overrun with sailors, it also serves to remind me of the commitment they make to our country and how far from home they continually find themselves. it reminds me to be thankful and grateful for them and all the others who serve our country and one day may make the ultimate sacrifice for us. but since last year, it will also be the day i remember debbie. i know what it feels like to lose someone so young that had so much promise and was doing her best to make the world a better place. so i look at this picture a lot. i look at how carefree i am. how happy i am. and i hope i can remember to fully appreciate days like that and live my life to the fullest in her memory. i hope that i never take for granted any typical day in my life, because it is really so much more than that. so as we remember those who have given their lives to our country, try to spare a thought for my friend debbie, and be thankful for all of the typical days we've had, and the ones we still have left before us.

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