…the first slice of watermelon of the season, juice dripping down your arms, spitting seeds at an unsuspecting cousin?
…the bands from the local high schools and middle schools…the long walks to the cemeteries in the end of May heat…the speeches honoring those who have served?
…standing to take off your hat when the flag passes by?
…the flags lining the street waving in the breeze?
…waving your own small flag?
…a trip to the cemetery, to remember?
…family members sleeping under pregnant plum trees on benches covered with homemade quilts.
…beginning new traditions of rootbeer floats and hot dogs on Grandma’s deck, a wonderful welcome to summer.
…large bowls of potato salad?
…wedding bells ringing -celebrating new journies and new families being made?
…graduation parties and the goodbyes that come with them?
…the husbands, brothers, fathers, sons?
…the wives, sisters, mothers, daughters?
Do you remember to be thankful?