From holidays to queen of the racetrack

Little Old Women - Donna Sears

Two of my “kids” and I spent Memorial Day weekend at my old house in Lake City. We do it every year to both plant flowers at the cemetery and get things ready for the family gathering on the Fourth of July.
I have spent the Fourth at that house for most of my 90 years. I take comfort in sitting at the kitchen table and smelling the bouquet of lilacs from the bush my grandmother brought with her when she left the farm and moved to town. I can almost smell the donuts she made on the old cook stove every Friday. That old house is a trip back in time and one I treasure.
Holidays are the markers of family life and have different meanings for each of us. Some of my earliest memories are from Memorial Days when families gathered at the cemetery to “decorate” the graves of loved ones with canning jars filled with water, lilacs and peonies. It was also a time to chat with friends or neighbors not seen during the long winter months.

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