By Chiqui Raveloski
Some will say the American freedom is slowly dwindling down, Yet, I have to say that this country has so much freedom. Everyone has their own interpretation and opinion about it. Anyone can have a take on it. Coming from the other side of the world, I believe America is unique because of this freedom our forefathers fought for and continually fighting for by our troops here and overseas.
Today is my first Memorial Day as an American citizen. This day, means more to me now than it has ever been. It now has a new meaning - brighter future, endless possibilities.
As we remember and give respect to all the fallen men and women in the military, Memorial day is also a celebration of being with family. A lot of people are off from work and this day is perfect to relax and have a great time with everyone dear to you.
My family and I decided to have lunch at the park near where we live. Nothing extravagant, but just pure simple fun under the sun. Packed the Jeep Wrangler with our lunch, drinks, dessert, camera, and headed out.
Pictures of nature at its best.
I have been wanting to take photos during this springtime and today was the perfect time for it. Had a fantastic time.
Thought I'd be a little adventurous and posed for a picture within a group of trees.
Darn it,,,,,,I got stuck.
I have to summon my daughter to un-stuck me !!!! Hilarious.
Our 16 year old daughter Mandy have grown up to be a fine young lady. We had a great time at the park, just talking, cracking up jokes, and enjoying the perfect weather - 82 degrees, 0 humidity, and mild winds. My husband took this picture of Mandy and I....
This picture of Mandy holding me brought back memories of a picture.....Back in 1999 when I was the one holding her.
And here's father and daughter by the creek.
They love to stay by the creek and feed the fish extravagantly. This photo brought back memories of this photo I took 16 years ago.....
Mandy, always on the look out for her Dad,,,,waiting for the next adventure.
Oh, how time just went by so quickly.
Memories are what makes life meaningful. Let this Memorial Day serve as a reminder of all the memories only you can give meaning to. These memories, good or not so good, is what makes us who we are right now. Always remember that these memories will always stay within your heart and mind, and no one can take them away from you.
If by any chance there are memories you'd rather forget, and cannot, please give yourself a chance to work through it as time can only tell. With time, the heart can heal, and mind can grow and teach us to be strong and forgiving.
As nurses, we always have the memories of nursing school, how tough it was and how far we have gone. At the same time, we also remember and realize that there is a big difference between nursing school and the clinical area.The lessons we have learned, we can pass on to new nurses who are coming into the profession. We nurses have to watch out for each other, because no one else will. We know how it is, and only us can relate to one another.
Fill your heart, mind, and soul with fantastic memories. Your life will be full of joy for more years to come.