I love Facebook. I've been a Facebook addict for a few years now and it's gotten worse now that I can check it anytime I want on my phone. The other day I was scrolling through news feed and I came across this picture:
It made me think about the long weekend I was so looking forward to and reminded me that I needed to take a minute to explain to my children why we were celebrating and how this day isn't just about a day off of school, picnics and swimming. I thought about how best to tell a 5 and 6 year old what we were remembering.
I don't want to scare them. I don't want to make them too sad but I do want to make sure that they understand that we are honoring men and women who gave their lives for us so that they can have all of the wonderful things that they have . . . all of the freedoms. I want them to know that there are little kids in our country who aren't playing catch in the backyard with their daddy or being read a bedtime story from their mommy after a nice warm bath because their their parents fought and died in a war protecting our country.
I'm still not 100% sure how to talk to them about it but I know that the day will involve us pausing to say a few prayers for those who are responsible for making our lives a better place, for those who sacrificed everything and for their families who lost something irreplaceable.
Happy Memorial Day and Thank YOU to all the men and women who gave their lives for us.