Recently, I was given the privilege of showing my appreciation to the Men and Women serving our country overseas. This honor was made possible by my young cousin Megan as she compiled letters of thanks to send to her fiance marine, Jared, and his Brothers in Arms – spending the holidays far from home on a final tour in Afghanistan.
To recognize all on this day, Veterans of the past, present and future, I wanted to share my letter.
Dear Jared and Brothers,
My day today was typical, uneventful – routine even.
I woke up, took a shower, made breakfast, forgot to make lunches, sent my boys off to school, went to work, drove to the store, left my grocery bags in the car, watched my son ride his bike around the block, went to the post office and bank, helped with homework, took out trash, wished husband was taking out trash, drove kids to soccer practice, waited, talked on the phone, cooked dinner, watched the Cardinals get beat by the Rangers…again, read my book, prepared for the next day…
But, here’s the thing. Today was also the most extraordinary and amazing day ever. Today, I got to do all those things feeling safe, protected and free. Today, I got to enjoy all those mundane, wonderful things because;
There is nothing typical about your dedication to my protection.
There is nothing uneventful about the personal risk you take to secure my safety.
There is nothing routine about the distance you have to spend away from your loved ones so that I can watch my son freely ride his bike around the block.
Not even by a long shot.
So in these closing moments of my typical, uneventful – routine even day, let me say thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for every moment of your phenomenal day that enables me to rejoice in my typical day. It means more to me than you can ever know.
Come home soon.
Come home safe.
Come home proud.
This is a post from last Veterans Day. I wanted to re-post it in honor of Memorial Day 2012 with the update:
He came home…