Memorial Day Preparations in the Finger Lakes

Poppies

It seems like Memorial Day comes sooner and sooner each year. Our spring came early this year in the Finger Lakes, but for some reason I seem to be running late in doing all of the things that need to be done in my lawn and garden. The poppies are blooming out in the garden. Their lovely bright orange blooms are a sure sign that Memorial Day is just around the corner. They remind me of Bob Stackhouse who was a World War II Veteran and my lifelong friend. Bob’s birthday was on June 1. He was a self-made man who was raised by an uncle and had to learn to fend for himself at the age of 15. I admired him because he wasn’t afraid to try anything and he was very successful in his many varied ventures.

Newly Planted Garden

I don’t travel to Ohio much anymore. I do hope that my brother and sister- in- law plant some flowers on Mom and Dad’s grave. My memorial to them is to plant some geraniums at the church where I attend. Nothing fancy, but my mother did enjoy her geraniums so much. And I don’t see any reason why she won’t enjoy seeing them grow here in the Finger Lakes.

James R. Bupp

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