Happy Memorial Day to our American readers and Memorial Day Purrs of Gratitude. Today at Cat Wisdom 101, we remember and thank all the men, women, and animals for their service to protect our liberty and freedom. (updated 2023).
As an ex-pat Canadian, U.S. resident with E.U. Finnish citizenship, I’ve been reflecting on world politics and the value of democracy. It’s easy to take for granted the freedom of living in a country with rights until they are removed. We live in a volatile world where anything is possible. Every citizen living in a democracy needs to know they have the power to make a difference.
Memorial Day used to be called Decoration Day. It began after the Civil War as a day to place wreaths on the graves of fallen soldiers. Wreaths and lowers are still placed by graves and public memorials but the holiday gradually changed to the unofficial kick-off to summer.
That translates to family time, BBQs, beach, ice cream, sun cream and flip-flop weather. For some, it means just another long weekend but remember, our rights and freedom aren’t free. We all know someone who lost their lives during military service. They might be a family member, relative, friend or distant ancestor, so pause and honor them for their a sacrifice in the name of freedom.
We’re sharing Memorial Day Purrs of Gratitude with new Cat Wisdom 101 graphics and few photos from past Memorial Day posts since the holiday always falls on Mondays. Our Mancat Monday will resume next week. In the meantime, join us daily on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, On Instagram @catwisdom101 & BlackCatsofIg Tell us what you have planned today? Any beach days or BBQ yet? We had our first campfire cooking dinner recently. So good.
Since were down to one cat, Odin, I’m feeling extra nostalgic for past Memorial Days. This time last year, Nou Nou loving the garden with newfound curiosity amid the honeysuckle by the lilac trees. Odin and Nou Nou celebrated their birthdays on June 1st which won’t be the same this year. But I have something special planned, you’ll love seeing.
What is remembered lives in our hearts forever.I was cleaning up our cat memorial garden and really missed Clyde. Funny how that happens. Grief, whether for humans or animals has its unique trajectory. I found an old photo of me and Clyde. I never posted it because I felt tired and sad with Clyde ill with diabetes and CKD. But with seen now through the passage of time, I feel different. It’s a sweet memory. I miss that big black head!
Odin says stars and stripes furever.