There are some otherwise ill-informed, not-from-around-here persons who may still think the first "official" day of summer is Memorial Day. Summer in Brazil, though, is not a date on anyone's calendar, but a season of ceaseless activity. And, as typical of small town America, it is a time of year not to be underestimated.
In the fleeting days of summer just ahead there will be countless yard sales and picnics, festivals and fundraisers, reunions and re-enactments, outdoor sports and ya'll come events.
Some events come along just because it's summer (an excuse used to cover multitudinous sins).
Other happenings are occasioned because the day itself is worth noting. Some such special days to highlight (you might catch sight of a theme here):
Summer starts, at least in this town, with a parade. The K-Day parade will take place Saturday, May 7. Should be quite a big deal, what with it being yet another election year and all.
May 21 is often overlooked Armed Forces Day.
Memorial Day, the last Monday in May, is the day -- lest you forget -- to remember.
Flay Day is June 14 -- what's the condition of your flag? Old, worn flags can always be dropped off in the box at Moore's Funeral Home.
The big picnic day around here is July 4 -- the day we celebrate the beginning of being America.
All-in-all summer accentuates once again that Brazil, Indiana is a good place to call hometown.
In an effort to promote the positive atmosphere of Brazil summer, Computer Central is again offering to create free 8-by-11 Proud Hometown Print of any man or woman currently serving in America's military. (In the interest of full disclosure, our son Nathan is owner of Computer Central).
If you love someone now serving please feel free to take advantage of this. As I recently told a friend, our son Matthew is always reluctant to have much said about his service. We parental types, though, do not honor them because they think they deserve it, but because they do. I tell Matt that those who stand by the stuff still share equally in the honor (I Samuel 31.24).
These Proud Hometown Prints are available free at Computer Central, 537 E. National Ave., in Brazil, or sending an e-mail to address below with picture and information as to branch of service and rank. A copy will be displayed in the store window until July as we salute those who serve our hometown community by serving our country this summer.
David L. Lewis is an observer of and sometimes commentator on life who may be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.