Why can’t we remember Memorial Day?

Facebook is littered this week with all sorts of things about Memorial Day–advertisements for Memorial Day sales, photos of people at Memorial Day barbecues, and scads of people wishing each other “Happy Memorial Day”–but the sad fact is that most of us can’t remember ever really knowing what Memorial Day meant (aside from the fact that it’s a three-day weekend, that is). Every now and then, you’ll see a meme or a photo designed to shock you into remorse, usually of a solider’s graveside and the caption “In case you thought it was about bbq”, but rarely do we see a *real* push to help people understand just exactly what Memorial Day actually is, and why we should care. Since I’m a teacher, first and foremost, here’s what you need to remember about Memorial Day:

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The Way to a Man’s Heart

One of the common motifs in Don’t Ask Me to Leave is food. Nadine loves to bake pastries and pies, and she’s an excellent cook. In fact, Beau and Rachel’s first “date” centers around homemade pizza and a movie.

So, why all of the food “stuff”?

Well, there’s a reason that we have the proverb “The best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”. We all find comfort in food, and men are certainly no exception. However, there’s more to it than that.

When Rachel is floundering for a way to find herself after the death of her husband, she steps into the kitchen with her mother-in-law. For many people, working in the kitchen is soothing and comforting. I love working with my children in the kitchen, especially when we are making a treat.

As far as the homemade pizza goes, well, that idea came from two places. When my husband and I were dating, I was the only girl in our group of college friends. There were several times that the guys would all go Krogering and come back and I’d make them something in the dorm kitchen. One of the easiest things to make and customize for a large group of people (especially guys) is pizza, because you can spread the toppings out.

Joseph and I still like to make homemade pizza together. I buy the Chef Boyardee crust mix, stir in some herbs and spices, and bake the crust for ten minutes or so before we load it up with toppings and slide it back in the oven.  The kids love to help “make” dinner, and our pizzas are often much more filling and tasty than if we’d bought them somewhere else. Our last pizza was a barbecue pork and onion pizza…delish.

Are you someone who finds comfort in your kitchen? What do you like to serve up for your loved ones?

Micki S. Clark is the author of Don’t Ask Me to Leave, a modern retelling of the Biblical story of Ruth and Naomi.

Newlywed Rachel Miller has everything she could want from life—the perfect husband, her dream job, and a cute little house in the country—but the daydream is shattered when her husband is killed in a tragic accident. Her mother-in-law, Nadine, takes her in as she tries to pick up the pieces, and their handsome neighbor Beau is willing to help…if Rachel will let him. Does she dare open her heart for a second chance at love?

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Can’t Keep It To Myself… Clue #3

Here you go…clue #3, and it’s about as obvious as they come. Do you know my “secret” now?

This weekend, I’ll be heading up to Mt. Sterling to spend time with the staff from Mound Magazine, chatting about Don’t Ask Me to Leave!

The interview will appear in the June issue of Mound Magazine, and the televised portion will be on ABC36 on May 13!

Author’s Reception TODAY

In just a few short hours, I will be joining twenty other Kentucky authors at the Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library’s Annual Author Reception. I’m excited to be a part of this event and hope to see you there!

I will have copies of Don’t Ask Me to Leave available for purchase, or if you’ve already purchased a copy that you’d like signed, I will be happy to do that as well! Stop by and see me. We’ll be at the library from 11:00 to 4:00.