Reflections  

reverend21 49M
1017 posts
3/9/2006 5:52 pm

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Reflections

This weekend I had the rare occasion of my son visiting with me. Seamus, good Irish name. Yous see I usually have him Sunday night through Wednesday night, this schedule is for three weeks, then on the fourth week, I don't see him until the following Friday, yep, almost two weeks.

Any who, this weekend I discovered that I can no longer leave my razor in the shower as he experimented with shaving. This was discovered when his lip started bleeding. "I just wanted to be cool like you dad", he explained, "Your not mad at me are you?"

My ten year old son just payed me the highest compliment a parent can receive from his/her child. He could have blown up congress and I would not have been upset, (unless it was not in session).

It got me to thinking, of all the times that I have received compliments that very few hear.
The father that thanked me for saving his children, the mother that thanked me for saving her and her child's life, the list goes on for five more such incidents.

I have been called a hero, am I? I don't believe so, maybe I am, but I was just doing my job, and being me. I know that I have made a difference in peoples lives, in such small ways as buying lunch for a mother and child when they were delayed at a bus station and out of money and helping disabled veterans file for disability so they may receive benefits. Other ways I have made a difference was at great cost to myself, as I still carry the scars. freedom is not free, I am paying part of the price as are other veterans, policemen, firemen, EMT's and doctors. I am not saying that all have made a sacrifice, more that likely, less than 20% of us.

Looking at this, I would like to do something I doubt has been done before, I want to thank everyone who has kept the country going, for the better or worse, you are what has made my sacrifices worthwhile. Thank you.


HBowt2 59F

3/10/2006 2:22 am

you leave that razor alone when you're meeting me....i like the stubble...and you are right ...freedom always comes at a high price and sometimes that goes for personal freedoms too...


TabithaElectra79 38F

3/10/2006 9:44 am

Lovely post, very inspiring!


actlikeanimals 60F

3/11/2006 9:47 pm

Ash. My son said "you are welcome".....

mzhunyhole....I did the same thing for a young man that was sitting at a table across from me ( a rather large homecoming group, I found out later). I didn't realize it till the management did a special presentation for him. They all gathered around him and sang America the Beautiful, asked for applause and the whole restaurant got up and formed a line and each shook his hand and/or hugged him..Tears flowed from everyone and even a few broke down.

I couldn't help but think of all the men, the veterans out there that didn't get this type of respect when they risked their lives for so many total strangers. There is no such thing as not supporting the war but supporting your troops...they are one in the same..fighting for the air that you take for granted.

I don't think I have ever heard a fellow veteran thanking his fellow commanands. You place honor in its proper place.


shar1 55F
606 posts
3/12/2006 11:22 am

Lovely post. I manage a team of 16 wonderful, caring women. They have very difficult jobs, working with families and children that experience all kinds of difficulties and hardships. (illness, abuse, neglect) And at times this can be very disheartening. All I can tell them is that if they have touched one person's life, making a difference no matter how slight then they have done something wonderful. Remember your life is special because you have touched people's lives and they have touched yours. This thought keeps me going thru' the awful days. xxx


Juliet610 51F

3/12/2006 9:35 pm

Rev,

As you thank those who stepped in to keep our country going, I cannot help but think of the wives of the heroes you mentioned. Every wife or girlfriend left behind pays a price as well. Some pay it more willingly than others, and some pay a much higher price than they bargained for. But to me, they're every bit as much of a hero as the men who wear the various uniforms to the jobs you mentioned. We owe them a debt of gratitude as well.

Ladies, accept my thanks and hugs. You're amazing.
Julz


reverend21 49M
1913 posts
3/13/2006 1:18 am

    Quoting Juliet610:
    Rev,

    As you thank those who stepped in to keep our country going, I cannot help but think of the wives of the heroes you mentioned. Every wife or girlfriend left behind pays a price as well. Some pay it more willingly than others, and some pay a much higher price than they bargained for. But to me, they're every bit as much of a hero as the men who wear the various uniforms to the jobs you mentioned. We owe them a debt of gratitude as well.

    Ladies, accept my thanks and hugs. You're amazing.
    Julz
Uh Juliet, who do yo think has kept this country going? Please accept my appoliogies as I was unaware that the word everyone meant men only. I would also like to thank you fro proving the point I made in another blog about a person's on insecurities as contrary to what you obviously wanted to read in my blog, I am quite aware that in isn't just men that keeps this country going, I wish you were not so quick to judge as this is one of the things that doesn't keep this country going.


Juliet610 51F

3/14/2006 12:35 am

Rev,

I wasn't judging--not in the least! Perhaps it was just my mindset at the time I read your entry. I had gotten another phone call, this one a happy one!

My nephew is coming home at the end of the month after serving his (our) country for the past five years. He's grown up tremendously in that time, but not without a price. His fiancée decided she couldn't be a military wife after all, and ended their engagement. (The wedding was to have been this past Saturday.)

No, far from judging, I was thinking of all the women who stood by their men--and the men who stood by their women!--as they each took their turn being a hero. I guess this is one of the drawbacks to the written word--we can't see the expression on the face, nor hear the tone of voice when thoughts are shared.

No, Rev, I was trying to say something nice in response to the nice thoughts you had shared. I'm sorry you took my comments as judgmental.

Julz


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