When he was about six or seven years old we
stood talking in the kitchen….
just mom and son.
Suddenly he turned to me with the most serious
expression and without hesitation announced,
“Someday I’m going to be in the army mommy.
It will be my way of thanking the United States
for letting me come home to you.”
I remember the day like it was yesterday…
yet it was more than a couple of decades ago.
He never wavered in his decision,
yet determinedly pursued his heartfelt desire
and lived up to those words he spoke so long ago.
When September 11th, 2001 occurred, he was riveted
by it all and if the military would have taken him,
he would have gone immediately.
Tears are making it difficult to type this.
It’s his 8th time over there at this moment
and this mama is feeling every bit of it.
Today we pause to think of those who have given their lives
for our country over the years.
They understood what the ultimate price could be.
Yet they choose to serve anyway.
As a teenager in the early 70s there was a popular
song called “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ’round the Old Oak Tree”…
although the original intent was not for the military
somewhere in there the song took on an entirely
During the start of the Gulf War in 1991,
families, loved ones and businesses
would put up yellow ribbons to assure the service person
deployed overseas that when they returned from their deployment
they were waiting for them…
they were wanted and loved.
Our yard doesn’t have an old oak tree,
but the palms have yellow ribbons…
It is therapeutic for me to put them up each time…
and I would love to think that it causes our
neighbors to know that we are one of
“those” families with a hero in it
and we are waiting.
While we wait we pray….
Known to us as
our family’s hero…
May Almighty God minister to you in your inner man,
may He surround you with His guardian angels,
may He give you wisdom that surpasses understanding,
may He give you strength,
may He be your shield,
a very present help in any need you might have
may you and your men come home.
We are so proud of you,
and we love you oh-so-much
and we always, always, always miss you!!
Are you a military family?
I would love to pray specifically for your loved one,
whether they are deployed or not at the moment…
Please leave a comment…
Thank your loved one and thank you for being a military family.
Please thank your loved one for their service.
We are America only because of the sacrifices made over
the hundreds of years by ordinary heroes
who were extraordinarily brave and
who loved enough to lay down their lives…