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Blogging week: Day Two

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Anything for the team, right? (Go Dawgs!!)

This is also day two of the long Memorial Day weekend, with tomorrow being the day we observe it since it's a Monday and everyone wants a 3 day weekend, and I get that. The official day is the 30th, however. It's definitely the unofficial beginning of summer.

When I was a kid (and believe me...that was a few years ago), our little town had a parade with the fire trucks, decorated bicycles and the matching band, etc. Our school was so small that we were automatically in marching band once we started lessons on our instruments, and for me that was in 3rd grade! We didn't have a routine...just march and play a few pieces on the way down the street. Later there was a special ceremony on the Mississippi riverfront with the folks from the American Legion who tossed the wreath and flowers into the river. Sometimes there was a band concert that evening, but no fireworks, of course. That happened only on July 4th.

I guess it was idyllic in many respects. Beautiful little small town Iowa located right on the Mississippi River, plenty safe enough to walk or ride our bikes wherever we wanted to go (heaven forbid we ask an adult to give us a ride), and lots of cousins and friends for playmates. What more could a kid ask for? As is true in so many instances, I had to get old and gray to fully appreciate life as it was "back then."

How about you? Have you had similar experiences?
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  • CHERIRIDDELL
    Oh Jeannie what a shame you don't blog more often I just loved this.You took me back to Watertown New York when I was young !
    47 days ago
  • GRLTAZ
    You summed up iowa pretty well. Keep blogging !
    48 days ago
  • BIZABEP1
    Too bad that you don't like the blogging as you're very good at it. Yours is admittedly the first for me on SP. Having read several you've become a person, a place and a time for me. - and each is different from my experience in western part of NY state, the beautiful fingerlakes where there are more cows than people and we get snowfall with gray skies due to being just tucked up east of the great lakes. Your comment about riding bikes or walking anywhere in safety when growing up really hit a chord as it seems all kids now must be driven to any destination which so greatly reduces freedom and independence when you think about it. My growing up was all bikes, roller skates, slugging through slushy, snow filled pathways and it allowed thinking time and decision making that are missing in kid's worlds today. Keep blogging, please.
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    48 days ago
  • IMUSTLOSEIT1
    I don't think there is a lot of celebrating anymore. There is a celebration at the park with a walk around to all the flags of the fallen with the names given and the local VFW gives a little speech, but then that could be on Veterans day . I am not sure.
    51 days ago
  • JINLYNN
    Great memories. Thanks for reminding me to think about the happy days of my childhood. To often I seem to be only able to recall the difficult, painful times.
    51 days ago
  • SUSANM18
    What a lovely memory you have shared. Thank you. Susan

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  • KATIE5668
    Oh what a wonderful memory...straight out of the Heart of America type scene!
    We usually went up to the cabin over Memorial Day, I was a wild child roaming the forest and loving it.
    Very different than the community focused happenings !!

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    51 days ago
  • SPEDED2
    Every Memorial Day, our folks would take us to a huge park in a neighboring town. There was a big parade with men in uniform, a marching band from the local high school, and floats. The park had a large lagoon and there were motor boat rides for a small price. My mother would pack a cooler and after the parade we would have a picnic. Lots of good memories.

    While you might not care much for blogging, they are certainly a pleasure to read.

    Have a happy holiday. Stay cool.
    51 days ago
  • MNABOY
    many years ago my father would have all the men that worked at our store and their families for a picnic. All of them had served in WWII. Great memories of great men.
    51 days ago
  • JAMER123
    I remember those days in small town Iowa! And now we worry about our kids and their kids safety. Good memories for us for sure. Enjoy your day tomorrow!!
    51 days ago
  • DEBBY4576
    I know you hate blogging as much as me, but I really liked your blog. Took me back to a different time....mine and your time. Thank you!!!
    51 days ago
  • RUFFIT
    Yes. We were part of our towns parade with Cub Scouts!! Great memories!!
    51 days ago
  • BABS4625
    I live in a small country town and we have a community parade similar to what you described. The kids look forward to decorating and riding their bikes. Yes I think as we get older we appreciate the "good times".
    51 days ago
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