Happy Memorial Day, everybody. I went to Indiana to visit my college roommate Beth and to be indoctrinated into her family’s tradition of watching the Indianapolis 500. I will admit, I’m so clueless about racing that I thought that the Indy Racing League and Nascar were synonymous until Beth, in horror, educated me. I decided to root for Marco Andretti for the sole reason that he was driving an Indiana Jones car. It turned out to be as good of a reason as any, because he came in third! AND, to boot, when he took off his helmut, I was speechless: the cute, 21 year old race car driver looks just like Nathan Hale! If that whole “racing” thing doesn’t work out for him, maybe he’ll consider a career in acting. ;)
Well, I just wanted to say happy Memorial Day, everybody! On the drive to and from Indiana this weekend, my heart was really warmed as I travelled through the heartland of our country, and just took in all the quiet little towns and farms that make up America. I know a lot of you who read The Dreamer don’t live in America, and it makes me sad when I think about how our country must look from overseas. Firstly, we do not all live in New York or L.A. In fact, most of us have never been to either. We don’t look, dress, act, or dance like Britney Spears. And I don’t even want to start talking about what everyone else thinks about our foreign policy…! But most Americans live in rural, small towns and live quiet, unspectacular lives. But our nation is absolutely breathtaking. And I really believe that our people are good at heart. I was just appreciating it all from the highways today. And I was thinking about what Memorial Day is all about–remembering all the men and women who have given their lives in the defense of this country. We’re all going to die, the question is what for? I think that in service to your country (if you love it) is a good answer.
My great, great, great… grandfather was a Captain in the 1st Continental Line during the Revolutionary War. (You’ll get to meet him on friday!) And I had another great grandfather who served as an officer in the Union Army during the Civil War. My cousin’s husband has served several tours in Iraq. To them, and to everyone else leaving the same legacy, I say thank you. And to all of you who are serving in the armed forces today, from The Dreamer crew to you, thanks. For real. I just sit at a computer and draw comic books…!
I hope you all enjoy your holiday!!