Remembering with Potatoes and Wool

My mom is staying with me this weekend and I didn’t have the foresight to write something in advance, so just a quick post to recognize Memorial Day and to thank all those who have served in the military, past and present. This includes my dad who was in the Korean War. He was an immigrant in the US at the time he was drafted. He reports he was a pretty hopeless soldier, and the army tried him in a number of different roles, before settling on KP duty, aka kitchen prep. As a Dutchman, he knows his way around a spud and can peel a potato in one long peel with just a knife and his wits. I also want to give a shout out to another prominent group associated with Memorial Day, middle school and high school marching bands. Having played my lips numb on a trumpet in at least six memorial days, I have memories of marching in the sweltering heat in a wool band uniform with a heavy vinyl overlay. I’ve heard some people found that sort of thing fun. If so, a tall poofy hat off to you; if not, thanks for suffering through.

So hope everyone is enjoying their weekend, and I sincerely hope we can one day stop making more veterans, so we can take care of the ones we have.

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