Well, apparently I did because today is a holiday here. It's Confederate Memorial Day which is also celebrated in six other states. This holiday wasn't on my radar screen.
I was born in a former Confederate state and live in one where the re-enactment of the Confederacy is still alive. There are many who will dress up in uniforms today and provide a sanitized glimpse of the war in which so many were killed. Perhaps it would be better to have a Civil War History Day in which all aspects of the conflict could be used to educate about how such wars must not be repeated.
I much prefer the sweet smelling Confederate jessamine and the hedge rows of honeysuckle to the smell of gunpowder. I love the South but that dark time of history has always filled me with sadness.
Maybe the real lesson is that divided we are weaker. Respect for individuals and caring for each other makes us much stronger. I would rather that we not re-enact or memorialize the worst of the past but start working on the best of the future.
So after staying at work for a few hours, I left to run some errands, talked to a couple of sponsees, and met a friend for a late lunch. Tonight is my home group meeting. I am looking forward to it. Have a good day celebrating life and the living.