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Summer is a fun time of year. There are so many great things you can do no matter if you want to be active or passive. Either way summer is the perfect season. For those who choose to be more active in the summer you can go biking, walking, swimming, and hiking. There are many types of water and competitive sports you could also participate in.
It was hard to get by the lump in my throat and tears in my eyes as I sat through the memorial service for Kurt Kruize on Sunday. However, when all was done I had to smile at the way the community and area came together to honor this alumnus, former resident and Hometown Hero. When first approached about helping to plan this service I was flattered and humbled to be able to work on something so important for the family and community and hopefully begin a healing process for many.
May Day is a day to play Today is May Day, do you have your baskets made? I have to admit that I have not made a May Basket since my children were in school but each May Day I remember fondly the wonderful memories this day brings to mind. I like May Day because there isn't a lot of commercialization to the little holiday. The stores don't start promoting May baskets in February and you don't hear May Day songs on the radio for weeks before.
A soldier dying while in service to his or her country is something that tugs at the heart strings of nearly everyone who hears it. However, when that soldier is someone you know personally it is even more difficult. It has been a number of years since our community has suffered the loss of a soldier who died while serving their country. As far as I am concerned, we could have gone a number of additional years. This is not a statistic you want to see increase.
This week has been designated as National Agriculture Week, which can mean many things to different people. For me, it usually sends me back in time to think about the years I spent growing up on the farm. The carefree days that also included a great deal of hard work, dedication, hope and prayers. This year, when I thought about growing up on the farm, I remembered how I used to enjoy running around barefoot from spring to fall. I could not wait for the snow to disappear so I could kick off my shoes and run around through the cool, damp grass.
The other night my homemakers group got on the subject of senior citizen discounts. We talked about the different ages people are considered 'senior citizens' and what that entails as far as discounts. I remember when I first became aware of the "senior citizen" status. It all started for me about the age of 50. As I visited stores and restaurants, the clerks or waitresses would shyly ask me if I wanted the senior citizen discount. My initial reaction was surprise with some degree of hurt feelings.
Valentine's Day is this weekend and it is a time for remembering those we love in special ways. It has always been a fun day especially for children and young lovers. In grade school picking out the perfect Valentine for each of your friends was crucial. You didn't want someone to think you had a crush on them when you didn't and then again it was a great time to let 'special' people know that you liked them.
There has been a question that I have struggled with for some time now. If a person chooses to be part of an entity such as a country, community, job, church, organization or relationship, is it vital to believe in everything it stands for or professes? As a member or citizen, do we have to believe in every law, rule, mission statement or goal outlined by the governing board or leaders? For example, to be a citizen of the United States, should we avidly believe, support and profess all that it stands for and does? Obviously, through our freedom of speech, this is not necessarily the case.
This weekend my husband and I had the opportunity to spend a few evenings with my grandson (along with his parents) at their home in Zimmerman. On the second night that we were there he asked me to help him put puzzles together. I was thrilled because this is something I really enjoy doing. We had given him a large floor puzzle for Christmas and he had received a few other ones.
Almost daily there is some type of new technology hitting the market and for the most part, many of these raise little to no interest on my part. However, last year when I heard about the new type of movie theatre seats that are made to move or shake to the scenes on screen, I took notice. Just the thought of how these seats could actually make you feel a part of a movie was both intriguing and a bit frightening.