5 years ago in December 2006 both Nanny Hall and NeeNee (my grandmother) suffered strokes and after losing NeeNee in December 2010 and Nanny in January 2012 I can't lie, I've been sad. It's left me thinking of my childhood and trips to my grandparent's and other memories I hold dear. In our recent trips to Kentucky we were able to spend time with Nanny and she shared a funny story with us from her childhood that we don't believe she had shared with the family before. I'll never forget the expression on her face as she told us that story of a Christmas many years ago.
|Our garden flag from last summer|
Last night my sister told us a U-28 crash in Africa had taken place on Saturday and took the lives of all four on board. The pilot and other crew members are stationed at the same base as my sister's husband and although they don't know any of the four families personally it is heartbreaking nonetheless. If you will, say a special prayer for those families and a thought of gratitude to those men who died serving our country.
I stopped watching the news in the fall of 2003 when my boyfriend at the time deployed with the U.S. Marine Corps. The fear of hearing about marines being killed in Iraq was consuming some days and even when our relationship ended I was always relieved to hear from him and know he was safe wherever he was. A fierce support of our nation's military was spurred by this relationship and my best friend's decision to join the U.S. Air Force in the spring of 2003. In the years following both of these events I've learned a valuable lesson. Supporting the war isn't the same as supporting our troops. I support our troops whether they are serving in wartime or peacetime and will defend them to anyone. I feel it's the least I can do to say thanks when they are willing to give their lives for people whom they do not know.
Thanks for letting me pour my heart out and I promise tomorrow will be filled with more sunny thoughts!