Memorial Day in Snug Harbor.
Smoky aromas drift across backyards mingling barbecued chicken and citronella in a fragrance that is uniquely American. Families gather to remember. Some groups are solemn, quiet, and tearful. Others are loud, raucous affairs with music and storytelling that brings a special cauterizing laughter that stings.
This holiday weekend, normally reserved to honor our military dead, feels more solemn for us since we lost Ransom, our Golden Retriever nephew, last month.
Hug your dog, throw the tennis ball, run, laugh, make the time count. And let him have a hot dog. That’s like the Fourth of July and Christmas all thrown together for a dog.