More Popular Than National BBQ Day


The photo says it better than I can but know that we remember.

It also gets to the heart of my struggle with “celebrating” Memorial Day. I tried to talk about this in terms of parenting in last week’s post on Richmondmom, but I got yelled at. (probably because I leave hanging prepositions, oh wait that was on this post). Eventually, we all came together singing “The Star Spangled Banner,” or she didn’t realize the nice reply to her comment was by the author. {sigh}

When I am not worrying about compromising my patriotism by not explaining military death to my preschoolers, I am reading and writing elsewhere.

My Other Hangouts (don’t tell my blog):

  • A Sexy One-Piece Bathing Suit For Vain Moms Like Me: On¬†This Blogger Makes Fun of Stuff, I reviewed a one-piece bathing suit that actually looks good and I bare (literally) the shame of wearing a seven-year-old bikini on the beach post-two-babies.
  • Zazzle Dazzle: If you were thinking of getting anything at my Zazzle store about unicorns or zombies, here’s the 20% coupon that you’ve been waiting for:¬†MEMORIALSALE

Favorite posts I didn’t read, I mean, write:

  • Photos of Annular Solar Eclipse: From Space, in case you live on the East Coast like me and ignored all the tweets about the solar eclipse you couldn’t see. (cool)
  • Seeing Yourself As Others See You: From Lens Blog (NYT), a 5’4 260 pound photographer turns the lens on herself over the last 8 years and to see how the outside world saw her. (bold and honest)
  • Next Crackdown On Bloggers: Sweepstakes & Contests: From the Social Media Explorer, an older article on giveaways because I’m attempting to align my blogs with the terms of service of other companies like Facebook as well as following that little thing called the law. (helpful for bloggers)
  • How Girls Pack A Suitcase: From JennaMarbles on YouTube, she packs just like me! What? I JUST LIKE HAVING MY STUFF. (funny & NSFW)

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

8 thoughts to “More Popular Than National BBQ Day”

  1. It’s strange, but this year I’ve been way more cognizant of how frivolous most people’s recognition of Memorial Day has been than previously. I’ve actually been feeling rather pensive all weekend and I took to Twitter to thank a Speed Network commentator who reminded the audience at the end of the Monaco Grand Prix that Memorial Day isn’t a celebration of those in uniform, but of those who’ve fallen while serving our nation.

    1. One of my readers, who is a vet, helped me to see what I had been missing on Memorial Day a few years ago. Eye-opening when you are more aware of what it means.

  2. I haven’t been here in forever and regret it. Look how witty and vulnerable you are all at once! Here’s what gets me about Memorial Day in my town – it has a different theme each year. 2012’s? Children and the future! Actually, the theme EVERY YEAR IS REMEMBER OUR SOLDIERS.

  3. I’ve got a pet peeve. Being a Vet I have so many people honoring me for my service on Memorial Day. They get snooty or confused when I say. “But I’m not dead yet.” I think you poster strikes to the heart of it. I’ve added a link on my name that I think will illustrate for you readers what this day is all about.

    1. You are the reason I see Memorial Day for what it is. I actually linked to your comment from years ago about that peeve in my most recent post.

  4. I think this is why I’m glad there is no national holiday for Sept. 11. I can only imagine what kind of stuff your face event that would turn out to be.

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