when i was a kid, yeah, all i knew about Memorial Day was my mother made me where red, white, and blue, and we cooked out.
then i turned 10 and my best friend's brother came home from Vietnam in a box that had a flag draped over it and everything changed for me.
i went to so many military funerals during my junior high through college years, and after. Memorial Day was always a pensive day for me; friends i'd lost. beloved brothers of friends who would never come home and the permanent sadness that haunted their eyes. when anyone received a letter from a loved one, it was torn open and searched for the signature, for any other handwriting that might let the family know something bad had happened, because, not often, but every once in a while, a letter was sent by his men and it reached home before the official visit. MIA. POW. KIA. initials that made everyone shudder. each bore it's own horror.
my Dragon told me stories. i've related some here in past blog postings. Memorial Day weekend was his time of flashbacks. i would sit with him while he wouldn't/couldn't/didn't talk to me. i don't know what he was "seeing" but it was harrowing for him.
my father-in-law served aboard subs. he used to say that when he died he knew he'd see his mates again. i wonder if my Dragon has? what i wouldn't give to be a fly on that wall.
i worked yesterday all day. a man came in who worked for the VA. he and his wife had me teary inside of 5 minutes. he said he will try and get me a whole bouquet of Buddy Poppies. i want them so bad. i have tried to collect them over these 3 years and i cannot find them anywhere. the ones i do have people have sent me. i am so looking forward to a whole bouquet. i hope he doesn't forget me.
i miss my Dragon. it's been horrible hard of late. i have no reason for it. i just feel vulnerable. i think i miss him more on Memorial Day than say, on his birthday, because i know what he did as a Marine. i know what he sacrificed. in my heart, he is a hero. i wish i could tell you more, but i promised him.
i feel on the edge of control of my life and yet tiny things keep cropping up, like my broken knee, my cracked foot, all things i need to take care of. long hours with difficult people. worries of doing my job correctly. worries over the numbers of my store. my daughter wants to leave her job. she has an interview with my district manager on Tuesday. i hope they give her a job. the job. the one she wants.
i have today off. i am embroidering. i'm thinking of my Dragon. i can see his flag, his medals, and his urn. people are shopping and cooking out. but some are going to the cemeteries and planting flags. some are eating and smiling and all the while, they are remembering. i'll be sitting with my two dogs. they are glad i have a day off. i am glad, too. i will have time to gather myself for work tomorrow. i'll have to be ready. i'll be out in public.
i love you, my lovely Dragon. you are the best.