Remembering Memorial Day And The Beginning To Summer

Remembering Memorial Day And The Beginning To Summer

Memorial Day Weekend is traditionally the kickoff to summer. This year I wanted to actually celebrate Memorial Day the way it was intended, which is really more of a solemn holiday than a festive one. First we went to Independence’s Memorial Day Parade. I marched along the route with our troop 808 Cub Scouts down to the Kenton County Courthouse where I listened to a speech on the event. I learned about some local veterans in the Irag and Afghanistan Wars and their heroism. The more veterans I meet and the more I hear their stories I am just blown away by these people. Such tremendous human beings. Afterwards we went to the cemetery and placed a flag at my Grandpa Roy’s grave, who served in World War II. It was a beautiful day outside. I wish my son could have accompanied us along the march but he ended up getting a stomach ache right before we started the march so he went home with his mother. Everyone did go to the cemetery with us.

We did kick off the summer at Silverlake Family Pool. The weather was unusually cool outside though so we didn’t get much swimming in. The kids were really cold most of the time and people didn’t much go into the pool, including me who preferred hanging outside and drinking Miller Lites. It was interesting seeing all of our fellow “die-hards” there for the new pool year. These are the people who come to the pool every weekend and don’t much care what the weather might be. It’s funny, everyone has their thing and some people really love the pool. Our pool is also a social scene of sorts, we know a few people there, so there is a chance to interact with others. That is kind of how Silverlake is structured – to also be a community center also. We are really fortunate to have the means to be members.

Finally we went to the Aronoff with my wife’s sister and husband who very kindly provided tickets to us so we could see “To Kill A Mockingbird”. Before that we had a killer meal at Nada in downtown Cincinnati. I had a killer cocktail and some tasty tacos. The fish tacos were my favorite. I also liked the play. I really thought it would be a drama and I wasn’t much looking forward to anything serious, but it was really more of a comedy (not a farce, just lots of funny dialogue). It was written by Aaron Sorkin and evidently a huge hit on Broadway. I had no idea. I only read the book (half read) it in high school and watched the movie. It was a good time and I am thankful we got out for some adult time also.

Memorial Day Parade
Memorial Day Parade
Silverlake Summer KickOff At The Pool
Silverlake Summer KickOff At The Pool
The Aronoff Theater
The Aronoff Theater
The Aronoff Theater
The Aronoff Theater
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