Tuesday, October 19, 2010
So last night I got a rare treat. My husband home. He gets to stay until tomorrow night and I am excited. This morning I was laying in bed watching a movie and playing on my computer while he laid in bed and slept. When he actually does get to sleep in his own bed I have decided he can sleep forever, so I generally just hang out in there with him until he wakes up. Luckily for us the kids have today off of school as well so we weren't disturbed by the alarm clock either.
As I looked over at him sleeping I thought about how lucky I am that I get my husband at home in bed with me even though its not often. I will have him here for at least one holiday, Thanksgiving or Christmas, this year. I get to talk to him on the phone daily, and even if he isn't at home with me a lot of times he is able to visit family on his travels. That makes us lucky. It reminded me of the thousands of American soldiers and their spouses and families that will not get to see their loved ones for even one holiday this year. They are instead over seas fighting a war that they may or may not agree with but they do it anyway because they signed up to defend their country and that is what their country has asked of them. They are selfless. They don't hesitate to put their own lives on the line to make certain that I can sleep in my bed, eat the food of my choosing, and watch my movie while my husband snores softly next to me. They do it for me, someone they have never met and probably never will meet.
I often make certain to drop a letter or card in the mail for a soldier somewhere fighting for me. I ask my girls to do it as well and they are always so eager. I am thankful for that as well. I am so grateful that they realize the importance of thanking someone for doing such a selfless act for them. I am thankful that they realize the importance of our troop and they give them the respect they deserve. I have witnessed my eight year old walk up to perfect strangers in the airport and thank them for keeping her safe, by the way every time we go to the airport we see a lot of soldiers heading either home or too their deployment. It brings tears to my eyes every time this happens, not only that she is thankful, but that they ALWAYS take the time to say your welcome and show appreciation to her as well. I can't personally thank every single soldier or write a letter to every single one but I can sure as heck try.
I would like to ask every person that reads this blog to stop and write a letter or send a holiday card to a soldier, not one you know or already communicate with, but one that you have never met. There are many of them out there that never get a letter or a package, how disheartening that must be for them! Even if you don't agree with the war or our current government or whatever, realize that they are there doing their jobs, doing what is asked of them. They deserve our respect. If you don't know where to find a name of a soldier that doesn't receive much if any mail let me know. I have lists and lists of them. If you would like to make a care package they appreciate that as well. They love cards, letters, snacks, magazines, anything really to let them know that they are being thought of.