When I was younger,
Memorial Day used to incite feelings of excitement and adventure.
When we were younger it meant the end of the school year,
the public pool opening for business
and the freedom of summer peeking its head around the corner.
Although, today I know and value the true meaning of this day of remembrance,
I secretly miss the innocence of Memorial Days past when all it meant was being one day closer in our chase for summer.
Enjoy the day off with your friends and family,
chase summer with your arms wide open
and make a million memories as you go.
But also take a moment to reflect and remember those who lost their chase for summer
and their freedom to make memories so you could.
Today I remember my husband.
a best friend,
and a Marine who loved his country fiercely.
In Honor of Jarod Cravens