Bess has been having a really hard time grasping the concept of time, so we decided to get a dry-erase wall calendar so that we can follow the days, weeks, and months, and she can get a feel for her schedule.
Since she was born on Memorial Day weekend, I think she's always thought the parades and festivities were in her honor. This year, she noticed the flag I had drawn on the calendar and wanted to know what Memorial Day is.
Hmmmmm....Soldiers. War. Casualties. Death. Broken families. Scary stuff. Poor planning by me. How to answer?
So I told her that today is a day we honor the soldiers who have worked to protect us. Today is also the day we pray that everyone will learn to live together peacefully and find ways to cooperate and compromise so that everyone can have what they need to be happy and healthy so that we don't need soldiers any more.