• Annmarie Throckmorton, M.A.

Memorial Day Without A Picnic

In halcyon days of yore, folks could walk out into the countryside on holidays, find a pretty spot under the spreading branching of old trees, next to a stream or lake, spread put a blanket, unpack a wicker hamper of food, and eat and drink merrily with friends in the fresh, free air. I know this because I have seen it portrayed in the artwork of the past. Now, unless you have the good fortune to be wealthy in the 21st century and have purchased your own spot out in the countryside, America does not offer urban dwellers, about 80% of us, a pleasant picnic spot.

Further, in 2021 Anno Domini, my assessment of the public realm is that it is not safe to even sit down outside, not without sitting in a tank.* City parks are either nonexistent or are unclean and unsafe.

As a side whine, the reasons to whinge never stop pouring in, according to reports there will be significantly fewer public fireworks displays across America this year. For many of us there will be no barbeque, no cookout under the stars on Memorial Day in 2021, honoring those who have fallen in defense of our land, liberty, and values.


* "A tank is an armored fighting vehicle intended as a primary offensive weapon in front-line ground combat. Tank designs are a balance of heavy firepower, strong armor, and good battlefield mobility provided by tracks and a powerful engine; usually their main armament is mounted in a turret. They are a mainstay of modern 20th and 21st century ground forces..." — Wikipedia

"A Pic-Nic Party" by Thomas Cole, 1846 — Source: Wikipedia

(I would so love to have lived 1850-1950. — AMT)

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