Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Knee Deep in the Hooah!

"Blessings on the hand of military mothers!

I know that there are some people who think that there is no blessing to be found in combat, war, and turmoil. I am of the mindset that there is something we are obligated to learn regardless of our circumstances. Suffering in this life is inevitable -- learning is optional. What can a mother learn, or remember in a new light, about her soldier when he is in the battlefield? That is a good place to start if you are looking for the blessings.

She will look through his baby pictures and compare his younger pictures to his most recent one. Then she will try and remember at exactly what point in his life did he become a soldier? I know the technical answer is after the successful completion of BCT, but I mean when did his mind, heart and soul begin to realize that duty is a good thing, and protecting people you care about is a life that is worth living and a life worth giving?

She learns in time that he is a grown man. He is much more grown than she was ever willing to admit in the past. He is competent, brave and has a work ethic that outshines many of his civilian counterparts. She remembers seeing him run cross country races in high school. She also remember his coach telling her time and time again that for his build (very stocky) he should not be able to run like he does. 'He has a heart for it!' Yes, indeed he does."

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