It’s Wednesday evening, the week before Memorial Day weekend. It’s hard to believe that next week is the last week of May and it will be June 1st soon. Memorial Day comes early this year, as it usually is closer to the 31st of May. Nonetheless, I am looking forward to a three day weekend. I live in a small community in the foothills, a few miles from the city in which I work and I plan on not venturing down the hill all weekend. It’s gonna be chaos down there!
The city (and I use the term loosely) where I work is a college town. It is a wonderful town with a terrific downtown, beautiful parks, and an urban population of close to 100,000 people. There are approximately 12,000 students that cause the city’s population to ebb and flow. While the student population creates a youthful vibe and wonderful energy during the school year, not to mention the dollars to our local economy, they also create a lot of traffic and congestion downtown, as well as other parts of town. We “townies” look forward to the annual late spring-early summer exodus of students. The pace of life slows down. You can actually get a parking spot downtown and don’t have to wait in long lines at favorite hot spots. The mall isn’t as crowded, nor are the parks. The heartbeat of the city slows a bit, and even though the outdoor summer activities heat up, more than half the student population leaves for the summer. I look forward to the traffic congestion easing.
That hasn’t happened yet, though.
This week is finals week. Graduation happens to fall on Memorial Day weekend, an unusual occurrence. Our city is going to be a nightmare of frenetic activity. Forget going to the mall. Forget going downtown, Forget going to a restaurant. Forget getting a hotel room. Our town swells with family and friends of the several thousand graduating students, not to mention all the Memorial Day activities that will be taking place. Plus, the annual County Fair is in town!! You take your life in your hands if you venture out and about this weekend, for sure!
I find the older I get, the less tolerant I am of crowds. It frustrates me and makes me nervous at the same time. I prefer quieter activities and not the frenetic jostling and jockeying for position that occurs when you try to maneuver through large crowds. I become impatient and fretful. I guess that is my inner introvert coming out in me. I start to feel tense and anxious and need to get away to a quiet place afterwards.
So for me, I look forward to staying home, resting and relaxing. And reading. I’m looking forward to doing a lot of reading. I bought the latest Dan Brown book, “Inferno.” I’ve started it and can hardly put it down! It starts with a bang, grabs you by the throat and hasn’t let go. And I’m only on page 50! My roommate is going to be gone for the weekend, and other than his son and his fiancee coming and staying the night Friday night (grrrr) I will have the house to myself. I’m looking forward to that.
I salute the men and women who serve and have served our country in the military. I give thanks every day for our freedoms. I honor those that have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. God bless you all.
Ta ta for now!