Memorial Weekend has always been a favorite holiday of mine. This weekend marks the unofficial start of Summer, warmer and more predictable weather (at last in Northern CA), and BBQs, beaches, and pool parties.
It’s easy to forget the meaning of this holiday which is to honor those who have died while serving in the US military and more recently anyone who has served. So before launching into the underlying subject of this post I’d like to say thank you to all who have served. My dad in WWII, uncles and older cousins who served during the Korean conflict, friends and who served in Vietnam, and sons and daughters of friends and family who have, or are serving in the middle east and around the world.
Flashback: Memorial Weekend 2014. It was Saturday and we drove to the San Francisco International Airport to pick some very special cargo from Taiwan. That special cargo was my sweet and precious Golden Kali.
As long time followers of Golden Kali know, Kali was a rescue from Taiwan. I didn’t really know what kind of life she had before being taken in by the rescue group in Taiwan who lovingly cared for her while she became healthy enough to travel to the US. But I did know what kind of life Kali would have now that she was in America – only the best!
Since that weekend seven years ago Kali and I have traveled many miles together – both figuratively and literally. Never far from my side Kali has been, other than my wife Holly, my best and closest companion. Our daily walks (until about a year ago when her legs became too weak) we’re like therapy sessions. Sometimes we engaged in deep conversation and other times we walked in silence enjoying the scenery and solitude of being alone. For seven years Kali has been my trusty confidant with whom I can share my deepest secrets. She listens, never judges, and aways offers compassion and reassurance. So who rescued who, right?
So this weekend is special to me and always will be. It’s so much more than a “Gotcha Day”. I will always remember that weekend in 2014. I also remember to take a few minutes each year to toast Kali’s caregivers in Taiwan for all they did for her and, over the years through Kali, for me. But I mostly remember this special girl who was given the name Nala in Taiwan and became Kali when she landed at SFO that Saturday evening of Memorial Weekend 2014. She got into our SUV at the airport and entered our hearts forever. This blog was started Sunday morning after she arrived and Kali’s journey is documented here: Kali’s new life in America and later Kali’s new life in the mountains.
Despite a less than summer-like Memorial weekend with cool, wet weather, we’d be remiss if everyone at the Ranch didn’t send their heartfelt best wishes for a lovely celebration of your sweet, beautiful girl. Happy Gotcha Day, Miss Kali. 🦴🎉🦴🎉
Thanks M. She was the instigator of this canine and mountain journey that has become our lives. Smart and visionary girl she is.
What a beautiful girl your Kali is! My Callie was too. She was my first Golden, and a wonderful ambassador for the breed. As to Memorial Day, it was the unofficial first day of summer for those of us grew up on Long Island, too. My Dad served in the Merchant Marine during WWII. His ships served as troop transports, hospital ships, and when needed as backups for naval ships, so my brother and I both donate to the USO in his memory.
Thanks MGL. What a nice way to remember your father. My dad was in the Army’s 3rd Armored Division and served in Europe. He was part of the Anzio landing similar to Normandy a couple of years later. Amazingly he survived the landing, fought bravely with his unit all the way to Paris and victory. Happy. Memorial Day.