In Memory Of…


Today being Memorial Day, I thought it was the right day to share this moment with Grandma H.


A couple weeks ago, I asked Grandma H, “If you could go back to any time in your life and relive it, when would you go back to?”

She thought for a bit and replied, “I’d go back to when I was a little girl living on the farm with all my brothers and sisters and Mama and Papa.”

“Really?” I asked. She’d had to trek to the outhouse when she was a little girl. She shared a bed with her sisters.

“We didn’t have much, but we had each other. We were very happy.”

What went unsaid was that her brother Joseph was still alive. He died in World War II. And she still misses him.

Sometimes when we visit her parents’ graves, she talks about him. What a good man he was. How everyone loved him. What a loss it was to the entire family.


Today, it seems important to take a moment and think about those who have died for our freedoms. Those who have fought so that we might be safe. Those who gave everything and are no longer with us.

Happy Memorial Day.




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22 Responses to In Memory Of…

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    Absolutely. While we’re out and about having fun in the sun (my family is at a water park), we need to remember the people who’ve made it possible for us to enjoy these things freely and safely.

    • I hope you have a great day together. Family outing is the perfect way to celebrate Memorial Day. 🙂 Exactly, just taking a moment and being thankful for what we have because of others’ sacrifices. Hugs!

  2. Dear Kourtney,
    This is a really love remembrance. My thoughts are with my Uncle Lewis today.

  3. Beautiful Memories and a wonderful tribute… Let us never forget those who gave their ultimate sacrifice… and their families who still miss and grieve their loss..
    There are No winners in any War…

    Love and Blessings Kourtney
    Sue xxx

  4. EllaDee says:

    That brought a little tear to my eye – it was beautifully shared. Grandma H. is a great inspiration with her humour and living for today great attitude, but her loyalty and affection for her family and brother surpasses even that.

    • Aw, it touched me too what she told me her answer. Her humor always cracks me up, but when we get a rare serious moment, it’s really amazing to see the woman she is. 🙂

  5. Aquileana says:

    Thanks for sharing those beautiful memories of your grandma, dear Kourt. May all those men rest in peace always…

    Best wishes to you, hugs, Aquileana 😛

  6. Well said, Kourtney. A great day to remember how lucky we are to be Americans, and those service men and women who’ve made it possible.

  7. Beautiful tribute to our brave service men and women, Kourtney. I knew Grandma H was special, this just reinforces my belief. 🙂

    • Thanks Jill. She’s quite a lady. It was such a sweet moment on the porch. I tucked it away and then I was thinking what a nice memory to share on Memorial Day. 🙂

  8. 4amWriter says:

    A very important day everyone must take to heart. Things would be a lot different if those brave men and women didn’t serve their country.

  9. Mayumi-H says:

    What a poignant story and feeling. We’ve all experienced loss, but the memory of all the men and women who gave their lives for their country is very sobering.

    • Thanks. It was one of her rare serious moments. So true, but thinking of someone sacrificing their life for my safety and security. Wow. That’s something I have to be grateful for.

  10. jmmcdowell says:

    A wonderful story for the day, Kourtney. Taking the time to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice is the least we can do to honor them.

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