We’re just a few weeks away from Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer. But in some ways, it feels like summer has already begun.

We attended a graduation party yesterday for one of our neighbors who just finished college, and will soon be off to nursing school. In a few weeks we’ll be attending another graduation party – this one for our nephew. Since he enlisted in the Army, his high school graduation will not only be a celebration of his accomplishments, but a chance for us to tell him how proud we are of  him, and to say goodbye as he gets ready to head off to boot camp.

During Mass last Sunday, we watched as six young boys and girls in our parish received their First Holy Communion. I always get a little lump in my throat as I watch the little girls in their lovely white dresses, and the boys in their Sunday best, walking solemnly up to the altar to receive communion for the first time. It doesn’t matter whether or not I know them or their parents. It always chokes me up to watch them.

This time of year is definitely the season of celebrations. Communions, confirmations, graduations, weddings. Plus Mother’s Day this Sunday, and Father’s Day next month. I know the time will fly in between the two – it always does. And later this summer, we’ll be off to Chicago to help my husband’s aunt celebrate her 100th birthday.

I’m guessing that, like me, you may have a number of summer celebrations coming up. I hope they bring you wonderful times with family and friends. I hope you have safe travels along the way. And I hope you find that even when there’s no special occasion on the calendar, every day is worth celebrating – all season long.

May 10, 2019
©Betty Liedtke, 2019

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