Summer doesn’t officially begin until June 21, but here in the USA, this is the very unofficial start of the Summer season as it is the Memorial Day weekend, the first three-day holiday weekend of our Summer. The vast majority of the people in this country always look forward to this long weekend as positive proof that the days of “fun-in-the-sun” are at last here. The travel and tourist industries, especially those located in coastal areas, welcome the return of their busiest season of the year.
Since I’ve already published my gentle reminder on the use of sunscreen earlier this week (see previous post), we can now focus on “fun-in-the-sun!” All clothes-free, of course! As a matter of fact, I don’t know of any other way to truly enjoy the Summer season!
The major mid-Atlantic beaches, all convenient to where Aaron and I live, have been sold out of accommodations for this holiday for the past couple of months. Today, the Friday of the Memorial Day holiday, is known for the traffic gridlock that beach-bound commuters will create.
Aaron and I have no plans to travel anywhere near a beach over this weekend. There is too much traffic and we have no desire to fight the crowds. We’ll celebrate with friends at a private pool party, no clothing permitted. As a matter of record, there’s very little reason for either one of us to wear anything during the course of the holiday.
Although many will brave the congested highways and visit a local beach site for this holiday, our plans are usually close to home. Besides our pool party at the home of a couple, we will go to a barbecue (cook-out) at the home of a different couple (also bare practitioners) and the remainder of the time, we’ll keep to ourselves.
Aaron’s older brother and his date may join us on Monday. They stayed with us last year over Memorial Day and we all went to the Wreath-Laying at Arlington Cemetery. Unfortunately, President Obama is no longer in office and none of us have any desire to be there again this year.
We’ll leave the beach excursions for another time and enjoy the three-day holiday weekend with friends and family (if Aaron’s brother joins us). This isn’t the only time that beaches are available. With so many close-by, it’s just as convenient for us to go on a weekday when the congestion isn’t as bad and there’s more room for us to bare our bodies and relax.
When a new president assumes office, we may even decide to return to Arlington National Cemetery for the Wreath-Laying Service. But until that day arrives, we’ll play dumb and ignore the current one. It is not that we don’t care, we just don’t have the inclination or the time to waste energy on stupidity.
To all who are observing Memorial Day, have a safe and wonderful holiday! To all those who will enjoy a local beach this weekend: be safe, be responsible and have fun!