Friday, May 28, 2010

Memorial weekend

Memorial Day and the weekend that surrounds it, is like a new beginning for many people. Some see it as the beginning of the camping season. Travel trailers, pop-ups, fifth wheels and other forms of camping will be making their way north on I-75 to get things started.
Others see this weekend as a new beginning for backyard vegetable gardens. If you've been around gardening you no doubt have heard the exclamation to "wait until Memorial Day before planting this or that."
That's because we equate this time of the year with warmer temperatures not only during the day but at night as well. By now the ground has warmed enough to allow seeds to properly germinate instead of rotting.
The boaters will be launching for the first time since winterizing chores were done last fall in preparation for a long, cold winter.
Maybe you'll wet a line for the first time. After all, Memorial Day signals the opening of bass season.
It may be the first backyard barbecue for the family, playing catch or pitching horseshoes. Later, if the mosquitoes don't drive you indoors, the topper could be a small campfire.
Sometime over the weekend, I hope you take a moment to think of all those who have gone before, sacrificing their lives so we can have these picnics, campfires, and bass season.
And don't forget to lower your flag to half staff. It's the right thing to do on Memorial Day.

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