We’ve all got ways of remembering, most very personal. Several friends refuse to delete the contact info of the friends that have passed away from their contacts or Rolodexes (the classic analog card catalog) even though some think the practice slightly macabre.
For some, Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor people who perished fighting in America’s wars; for others it simply means “the beginning of summer”.
Years ago, we renamed Memorial Day Memory Day for ourselves. We remember people who have been in our lives and are gone now, the power of all they taught us still resonating. We find it heartening to revel in the first days of summer while privately keeping in mind these amazing people, and to celebrate them.
Our dear late friend Gyo Fujikawa‘s wonderful children’s book illustrations seem to say it all.