Memorial Day – In one of the most watched scenes, viewed over and over on television by millions of people, a homeless vet dies and gets a funeral with full military honors. There is much joy in life and much to be grateful for. And part of life’s mystery is the juxtaposition of life and death, of living and dying every day. The scene from West Wing captures it as it superimposes a lonely dying with an obscure birthing – Christmas and a funeral.
It’s not that I’m morbid. It’s that I know that one of the currents in the stream of life is this constant dying, the “good byes” that are part of the fabric of it all. No amount of denial can remove the reality of it, just as no amount of grief can undo the joy and wonder that are part and parcel of life.
Memorial Day – it’s a time to remember, and a time to weep.
A blessed Tuesday.