Monday, May 28, 2012

Ways to remember...

So, here in the US, today is Memorial Day!  The real beginning of summer, the first camping trip or barbecue of the season, a day off from school and work. Hooray! HOORAY!! But, as you know, I like my kids to know why we celebrate days like these-- what's the point? How come Daddy and Lilac get to stay home on a weekday?

As a kid, I remember that my grandparents would always go to the cemetery on Memorial Day with flowers, but I didn't really know why. I also remember one year my mom wanted to go to the cemetery and see a 21 gun salute on Memorial Day which totally freaked me out-- why were people shooting, at a cemetery-- it was beyond me. (You should know that ever since then I've wished we would have gone, maybe someday.)

Around here, we're going to start with the whys and the whos (we're not quite ready for cemeteries and 21 gun salutes yet.)  Today we are remembering people who've died and we're celebrating them.

We're going to remember those who have died in the service of our country.  While my kids are too young to fully understand this enormous sacrifice, they are not to young to be thankful for people who help them and protect them.

We'll also remember my husband's sister Joshua who died when she was very young.  She's the reason that when we drive through a tunnel we say, "Ah-ah-ah-weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!"  She started that tradition and we still do it every time we come to a tunnel.

We'll remember Grandpa Terry, my grandfather, and the fun we had when Daddy drove us in circles around Grandma and Grandpa's house on Grandpa's scooter. 

We're gonna make these yummy treats which were one of my Aunt Chris' signature goodies.  She never went anywhere without a gift or a special treat for a friend.  

Rolo Bars
36 Rolos cut in halves crosswise
1/4 c melted butter or margarine
1 yellow cake mix
2/3 c evaporated milk

Mix butter, milk and cake mix. Spread half of the mixture in 9x13 pan.  Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.  Place Rolos, cut side down.  Spoon on the remainder of the cake mixture and bake again for 25 minutes. 

I just think today is a great day to pause for a moment and share memories with your kids about people they have loved and don't want to forget, or those that you have loved and want your children to know too.  It doesn't have to be Memorial Day to do this, but it's a good day to start.

I'm sorry I don't have any books today.  Earlier this year Robyn wrote a wonderful post remembering her father-in-law, Steve. That post can be found here.  The book she referenced is called City Dog, Country Frog and it a perfect, simple book for this subject.
Happy Remembering!  
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