Oh my goodness gracious. Just when I thought I couldn’t stand one more minute of fog or misty rain, the clouds parted, and blue sky appeared. WooHoo! Sunshine!!
I can’t wait for tomorrow. I’m declaring my self-imposed exile over and trying my foot out on a little walking adventure (yes, yes, yes . . . I promise not to overdo)! But please, please, let me out of this house! I need air, sunshine, the chirping of birds, the jangle of horse harnesses, the clip-clop of horse hooves, the smell of horse poop. I need MACKINAC!
The Memorial Day weekend is shaping up to be a fantastic one. The temps may be a little on the cool side, but the sun will be shining – so just throw on a sweater or two or three, and come on up! Layer up in the morning and evening, and peel ’em off during the mid-day hours. That’s the Mackinac way!
As we look forward a few days to Monday and the upcoming holiday, it is easy, on this history-filled island, to reminisce on how Memorial Day was enacted in memory of the soldiers who fought in the American Civil War. It was later expanded to commemorate the soldiers who fought in all American wars.
There will be special ceremonies here Monday morning, and the laying-on of the wreath at the Post Cemetery – with all participants in period costume – has each year been one of my most cherished moments on this Island. Thucydides said, “The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.” It is my wish, as we celebrate this holiday with friends and family, that we all take a moment to thank God for the brave souls we honor on Monday – they saw the vision, they knew the danger, and yet they went forward.
Safe travel prayers for those of you who will be on our roads this weekend. God bless.