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That's because just after lunch, I'm off to Washington, DC. My cousin will be there, and he'll be speaking in front of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. I remember him when I was younger as this engaging, fun person. when he came back from Vietnam, he was a changed person. He rarely smiled. He was sullen, almost angry. It wasn't until much later I realized why. He was there at My Lai.
But today, for me, is about honoring those who were put into impossible situations at too young an age to sort it all. It's about thanking friends and family for going willingly (and sometimes not so willingly) onto battlefields and fighting wars for the people who'd created them. It's for those who died, and for those who lived and now carry those experiences with them for life.
I know Veterans Day isn't observed until Monday, but showing your appreciation doesn't have to happen on a specific day, does it?
So three hours by car each way to say thanks and to give him a hug. He deserves it.
The weekend? Mowing (still doing that into November -- what's wrong with this planet?) and cleaning. We have family arriving next weekend and I've yet to finish putting things away after the party on Halloween. The power was out just a few hours (19), but the stepdaughter was here and spending time with her took precedence. Now that's she's back in Maine, no excuses. The house, lawn and garden need some attention.
Once all that is done, I hope to get out to hear some local music. The coffee house may have something, but I've not looked. If nothing else, it will be Irish music at Molly's. Not that that's a consolation prize -- it's our go-to sure thing for a good time.
How is your weekend shaping up?