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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Memorial Day and Other Things That Matter "At the Time."

I was in the grocery store last night and the hotdogs and buns were selling like mad.  Well, maybe mad is a bit dramatic.

Anyway, it was clear to see everyone was planning a cookout.  Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer.  It is when school is out (or soon to be).   But lets not forget the real reason it is on the calendar - to honor those who gave their all in service to this country.

I am sure that, at the the time, those left behind wondered if their loved one's sacrifice was worth it.  I am sure there were questions - at the time.

"At the time" reality is often not in clear focus.

There are some things in life that appear to be important - at the time

If you are over about fifteen years old you can think back on a few times that were devastating - at the time.  And then there were the good times when you thought nothing could ever be better - at the time.

And then, as the years rapidly go by, you hopefully realize that the things that are really important can be put on a short list.

My current list is not that long - family, spiritual and physical health, shelter, food.

Amazingly many of the things that appeared to be important - at the time - have faded from the list.

Friends who long ago took a separate path.  Jobs and promotions - including the ones that never materialized.  Perfect houses and perfect neighborhoods.  

That now classic, at the time,  new car.

This week I welcomed a new grandson... an addition to my important list.

While he may never know those who are honored on Memorial Day it is my hope that he will live in a time that never forgets the sacrifices so many have made at the time it was needed.

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