Remembering

Alright, start of the long holiday weekend – Memorial Day Weekend! (at least here in the U.S.) I went to the grocery store this morning, and it was CROWDED – everyone gearing up for picnics and outdoor fun.

Just a few thing to remember:
If you’re heading outdoors, slap on some sunscreen, wear a hat, or stay in the shade. It’s a simple thing, but it’s one of those really easy lifestyle choices that can have a big impact on our cancer risk.

Stay well-hydrated. It’s pretty warm and humid here in the Northeast, and weather reports sound like it’s toasty in a lot of areas across the country. Stay hydrated.

If you’re going to be running, riding, or walking along roads, be safe. Yes, cars need to avoid you, but don’t make it easy for them to hit you. Ride single file, not in a bunch across the road. Stay aware of your surroundings; don’t turn the music up so loud you can’t hear an approaching car. Pay attention, your life depends on it.

If you’re driving, it’s your responsibility to avoid runners, riders, and walkers. SLOW DOWN! Give them plenty of room – at least 3 feet. Trust me, it will totally mess up your weekend if you kill one of us! And if you hit us, who are completely unprotected, with your big car, even going 20-30mph, there is a very good chance that you will kill us. And that will really mess up your plans….

And if you’re out at a picnic, or soccer game, or the beach, and are drinking, DON’T DRIVE! This fits in with my previous point. Just don’t do it. It’s stupid, selfish, and dangerous – just don’t do it.

And finally, take at least a few moments out of your weekend to remember what this weekend is really about. Remember the name of this holiday – Memorial Day. It’s not just about picnics and races and games.

To the men and women who have lost their lives in battles far from home – I hope you have finally found peace. To their family, friends, brothers & sisters in arms – I wish you blessings and peace.

Julie

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One Response to Remembering

  1. Julie,

    Thank you for the reminder of what Memorial Day means and the wonderful safety tips. These are so important, and I hope this holiday is a safe one for everyone.

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