Monday, May 25, 2009

helplessly hoping


the memorial day holiday weekend is a holiday of contrasts. on one hand, this long holiday weekend is a joyous time, the weekend marks the official 'kick-off' of summertime (when the living is easy). on the other hand, it is a weekend of reflection. the holiday was originally created to honor those who died in the civil war; later the holiday was expanded to honor all the men and women who have died while in any war or military action - quite the opposite of joyous, wouldn't you say - sad and sobering is more like it.

my own weekend has been consistent with this holiday of contrasts. the weekend has been quite full of fun times with family and friends; but, I have also taken time to reflect on the more serious and somber nature of the weekend. my reflections have been aided in no small part to the many excellent articles in our papers, programs on the radio (haven't I mentioned that I am a npr junkie), and just thinking about my own commitment to the notion of a world without war and how that fits in with president obama's recent advice about this weekend: "it is about doing all we can to repay the debt we owe to those men and women who have answered our nation’s call by fighting under its flag."

I am particularly grateful to the diverse and expansive nature of the stories on npr this weekend. while I'm preparing for get togethers and good times, I have heard about the woman who passed herself as a man during the civil war in order to serve for what she believed in and the story of the mothers who selflessly are caring for their wounded and broken sons and daughters who are returning from fighting in iraq or afghanistan.

yesterday on bob edwards weekend they presented stories from third med: surviving a jungle er, an hour long segment on surviving (or not) the vietnam war. the soundtrack for the documentary was very compelling. one song, csn&y helplessly hoping has been a sweet earworm in my head ever since.



I hope everyone has been having a good weekend and one of meaningful contrasts. now, I best get back to making something to take to today's gathering at the house of some friends.

photo: memorial in front the annunciation church in tremont - the home of this weekend's annual greek festival

15 comments:

rosedale's 4 head said...

kimy, you are the best blogjounaler i know. always insightful posts!

rosedale's 4 head said...

oops! have to correct this, blogjournaler--that's what happens when you invent words! ; )

mum said...

Just got back from picking cherries to this lovely post. As it happens this song and 'Teach your children well' are my two faves by these guys. Hope it was a great holiday weekend in Cleveland.

Dumdad said...

Lovely blogpost and song.

Roy said...

Your picture reminds me that I need to edit the one I took yesterday and get it posted. Eek!

I loved CSN&Y. That's the big thing that's missing from popular music today - harmony.

willow said...

Beautiful post. Hope you're enjoying the long weekend, Ms. Mouse.

Reya Mellicker said...

OK I'm going to have to listen to the Bob Edwards show - thanks for the arrow pointing me in the correct direction.

The AGe of Aquarius is supposed to be an era of peace. Sometimes I think it's possible, sometimes I don't.

Good to ponder these things, though.

Thanks Mouse. Beautiful post.

Fun with Bo said...

Very nice thoughts for the Memorial weekend :) I enjoyed the NPR programming as well.

Megan said...

I've been listening to one of those 'countdowns' on the radio as I clean the house - but we did have our moment of silence.

Ronda Laveen said...

I am also enjoying a weekend of contrasts. It is good that so many of us are taking to honor and thank those who have served. It is a difficult role. I will join you in your commitment to holding the thought form of a world without war. One-by-one, two-by-two I will work toward a world of change. Great post. Great pic.

jude said...

love that song. lets' hope for the best.

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Steve said...

A great song! Interesting that you and Reya are both reflecting on Vietnam at this time...

Ricky Shambles said...

Excellent thoughts. Always good to find a Clevelander out here in the 'sphere (grew up there, now in Cincinnati).

Cheers!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

rosey - thank you! you made my day! I always say language is an open system and hence open to inventing words!!

mum....yum french cherries, dum dad has been featuring cherries on his blog of late! I love cherry pie and cherries a la nothing

hey dd! thank you....just talking of you! r you sending cherries?

roy - love you post. glad to have tickled you.

willow - had a marvelous weekend, alas it had to end.

reya - thanks, love bob edwards show altho wish they would air it at a time other than 6 am to 8 am sunday morning! thank goodness for podcasts

bo - thanks for dropping i, hope the o family is treating you well, can't imagine that you aren't! love your blog, welcome to mouseland, speaking of which could you make sure that the prez knows about the story of mouseland by tommy douglas. it will help our country!

megan - what was number one?

ronda - namaste! you are right inch by inch, one by one....

b - off to check the potato hope you have the back story

steve - we are products of our generation - thanks

ricky - thanks for dropping in, look forward to checking out your sit too! I'm sure cleveland would love to welcome you back home!