Life… as I see it (05/30/2018)


We celebrated Memorial Day this last weekend. Like anyone else we take the time to relax and enjoy. We headed to the lake.

But although that opportunity is a great gift in our world, there is more.

We should not forget those who served, those who paid the price for our freedom.

Memorial Day is just one day out of the year. It isn’t the only time we should remember. It isn’t the only time we should appreciate.

We need to remember and give thanks everyday.

Memorial Day is also a personal time for families who have family members who have passed.

It is maybe so significant to me and my children because it is near the date of my late husband (their father’s) death.

May 29 marks 16 years since David went home. He is remembered fondly by many of our family and friends. He is missed by all of us.

Tom and I both have lost spouses; our children have lost a parent. You just don’t forget.
Both of us had 30 + years marriages. That is like a lifetime.

Last night we attended my Aunt Betty’s 80th birthday celebration. She had requested a formal affair. And so it was.

The theme was Betty Boop and there was my gorgeous auntie in her long, sleek, red evening gown. Adorable. We all should look that great at 80. I’m not 80, but I’m pretty sure I couldn’t wear that dress and look as great as she did. God bless her and the gene pool we all get to dip from.

It was a fun night.

Dinner and dancing, reminiscing and an insurmountable amount of love from family and friends, and people whose lives Betty has touched with kindness. I hope that I will be cherished and admired someday as much as she. God bless this wonderful lady.

We stayed in Williams last night after the party. When I woke up this morning I couldn’t help but feel blessed by the family and the life I have been given.

I know anything I have or anything I have done has been touched by God. I am grateful.
Take time this week to remember. Remember those people who have touched your lives. Remember those people who have suffered and died on your behalf. Remember those people you have loved and miss still.

We are a strong nation. We have a lot to be thankful for. Let’s not forget.
Life is good today. ■

Kathy Craigo is a publicist, speaker, and life coach. She owns Kathy Craigo Media Consulting in Colusa. Contact Kathy Craigo at