I had today off work and was very pleased to spend it with Jacob. As the world continues to struggle with violence, poverty and injustice, I am reminded how wonderful it is to be an American. Memorial Day is a great reminder of the price of our freedom and to experience some of the wonderful things our culture and country has to offer.
Jacob and I awoke early this morning. We got dressed and headed out for the Memorial Day parade. We arrived about an hour and a half before the parade began. I found a nice grassy spot on the edge of the street and staked our claim to it. Jacob and I then headed off to McDonald's for some pancakes and other delicious food. We took it back to our grassy spot so that we would not lose it. McDonald's on the grass was a nice picnic breakfast that prepared us for the fun of the picnic.
At 10:00 the picnic began. Jacob stood up tall and clapped as the military members and veterans marched by. He then had a seat on the curb as we watched the marching bands, scouts, high school teams, clowns and other groups march by. He enjoyed dancing to the bands as they passed. When someone threw candy, Jacob ran over and grabbed some before heading back to his spot on the curb. By the end of the parade, he had a very large amount of candy. It made for a great snack while we headed home after the parade ended.
After the parade, Jacob and I headed to lunch with a friend. Our friend recently had surgery on her foot and has been stuck at home waiting for it to heal. We took her to lunch where we enjoyed sandwiches and macaroni and cheese before heading to our next event.
At 4:00, we went to a large picnic and gathering near our home. Two of my co-workers are members of a band and were the headliners for this afternoon. Jacob enjoyed the band and spent a good part of the concert dancing or just sitting in my lap and listening. He also grabbed a stick, held it to his mouth, and began singing as if singing into a microphone.
Today was a day that I hated to see end. Tomorrow Jacob returns to school and I return to work. I really enjoyed the day today and look forward to our next day with no responsiblity that we can just relax and spend time doing the things we enjoy doing.