Sunday, May 24, 2009

Isn't it great?

For some reason I love Memorial Day. Growing up I remember traveling around the valley to all the cemetaries to visit those passed on. We drove over to Honeyville, UT to place a plant on my Grandma Isaacason and her baby's grave and later we added my Grandpa Isaacson, then over to Logan, UT to see my Grandma & Grandpa Nelson, then up to Mendon, UT to visit a brother-in-law. I learned at an early age the importance of respecting those passed on and the ground they are buried in. I'm grateful for this experience I had for 19 years. Today I don't live close enough for my children to have this experience, but I hope to share with them the importance of Memorial Day. A time to honor those who have passed on before us. In our sacrament meeting the speaker shared this poem...It really touched me so much that I asked for a copy of it. I will end my post with this:
"I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with grass stains on my shoes from mowing Sister Schenk's lawn. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbor's children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden. I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulders. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived."
Sister Marjorie P. Hinckley

6 comments:

Angie said...

I love that poem! I remember also going and placing flowers on friends and family. This is the first year I am away from home and wont be able to go. I decided I am going to gather some flowers and go to the cemetary here and find a grave with no flowers and put them on it. It will make me feel better about being away and not having the opportunity.

Small House said...

I love that thought by Marjorie Hinckley. We had a nice day, taking flowers and riding bikes. Hope you did to.

Love the last dog post.
Sandra

Cherie said...

That is absolutely one of my all time favorite quotes. Sis. Hinckley was a wise, wise woman!

Glad you had a nice Memorial Day. We don't live by our family graves or even by much family either so we have made our own traditions and that is good too.

It's good to be with your own family and remember and teach about respect and love.

Ann Marie said...

Hi!!

I'm so glad you stopped by! It looks like we have alot in commen.. The church, DI, the notebook.. I'm sure we'd be friends!

Your blog is cute. I love Sister Hinkley! ~ And I am VERY into our Family History, so graveyards are a MUST on Memorial! :)

Hope you have a good weekend.. Stop by anytime!

Ann Marie said...

Oh and.. I love the title of your blog. It reminds me of the old 70's tv show. I loved it when I was little.. he-he

QuiltedSimple said...

Happy belated Memorial Day!
Kris