Countrymouse and I, along with two of the other pups, got up before the sun and drove 90 minutes to BWI airport to pick up our very own Private First Class.
Pup #2 is home on leave for 2 weeks from the US Army before deploying to Iraq. We've missed him so much. It's been a very tumultuous year for my family and all of our hearts ache to be with those who are still here... like being with someone you love will somehow reinforce their place in your heart and in your life.
Matt's deployment will be at least for 12 months and most likely will stretch to 15 or 18 months. I still can't begin to imagine not seeing one of my children for that length of time. (We last saw him in November and that feels like a life time ago.) We are very proud of his commitment to serve his country. Matt could have chosen any number of career pathways in the Army, but he went in knowing that he wanted to be in the Infantry... to be a warrior... the person who really does fight for our freedoms and way of life. At 19 years of age, he already has more courage than I have. He awes me.
The fact that this is Memorial Day weekend is not lost on me. Today we honor our fallen heroes... those men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for each and every one of us. I don't think there are words enough to describe the debt we as a nation owe these people and their families. I pray every day that my family never joins this group.
The wonderful Bossy Betty shared the following quote this morning. I loved it so much, I wanted to post it myself.
I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration (Memorial) Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did.
Today is a day we celebrate being Americans and we honor those who have played a role in making us great. My heartfelt gratitude goes out to all of those who had a part in that.
In the meantime, I've got some loving to do on a certain good looking young soldier!