Honestly, I wasn't really sure what I was going to do, or even if I was going to participate. We don't have close friends or family currently serving in the military. Other than giving my daughters a little flag to play with, I wasn't sure how I was going to present a photo that was meaningful for the theme, as well as something that made sense and had meaning here.
Then I remembered.
My father-in-law served in the Vietnam War. He took this very large Polaroid camera over there with him. That camera captured the reality of war in that place--death, the faces those who served, soldiers' jocularity and beautiful countryside.
I love the juxtaposition of my daughters playing with that camera. It holds many stories. It's seen many things. And they, in the innocence of their youth, examine it, knowing only peace.
Youth lives on hope, old age on remembrance. ~French Proverb
Happy (belated) Memorial Day. Thank you, to those of you who serve, so that my daughters can play on a blanket without a care in the world. Thank you to the mamas and papas who send your soldier-spouses to far off places and parent alone--I have no idea how you do it.