It’s Memorial Day. Everywhere I look it seems I see flags flying high and parades of proud Americans marching in honor of Memorial Day. Today we are reminded of the sadness in memory of our fallen who served our country. We remember.
I remember. I take a few minutes this morning with my coffee to remember those who have gone before me and even those who are still here who have served our country. I have a lot of family who served our country. Some are still here, others have passed away. But each one of them proudly served and were changed by their experiences. To have a day set aside in ceremony to honor them warms my heart.
When I try to think about the sacrifices that those in the military have given up for us, it feels unimaginable. The changes that seem to occur through their unique experiences holds such a tender spot in my heart for I know I cannot even begin to fathom what they’ve endured, when they have seen battles and even when they haven’t.
I imagine the changes in psyche that occur for those in military service. It cannot be otherwise the civilian in me thinks. Just the training and mindset to be willing to serve our country and the courage to potentially lay down your life for what you believe in and for countless strangers and citizens. I’m in awe. I’m honored.
So please accept my humble thank you to all on this day. I remember you.
We have a restaurant that is similar to Cheers in our life. For years, it has been a staple for us to go to for birthday occasions, for nights when cooking just felt like too much effort or when we just wanted to get together with friends at the bar for a drink.
There’s something special about a place where everybody knows your name – or at least some people do! I think we all feel that way when we share experiences. I know for me, I feel very grateful that when I go there, whether as a family or with friends. I feel like someone’s watching out for me. Someone whom I trust.
It’s a locals place – our neighborhood Cheers. It’s not a franchise chain restaurant, but one that has stood the test of time for many years, even though the owners have changed, and even improved it! I have so many delightful memories in that place and whew – if the walls could talk – they’d surely sing of a myriad of nights spent there for all different reasons.
The food is consistently good. The help are personable and many have been working there for years so we know them well – and they know us! My favorite bartender of all time is nicknamed Pal and we’ve known each other over twenty years. He’s the manager now of our local Cheers, but I remember when he first got married and had kids and he remembers when I did too! Isn’t it nice to just have a lovely friend? I just wanted to see if any of you have a Cheers place in your neighborhood?
In case you forgot the theme song, here it is below! Enjoy!