Happy Memorial weekend to everyone! This is a time to celebrate our brave men and women who defend our country and allow us to enjoy the freedoms we have. For that, I salute you all and am so proud of each and every one of you!!
I also would like to thank all their families for their sacrifices as well. Being the mother of a soldier myself I know how hard it is to allow our children to put their lives on the line and knowing that we are sending them off into harm’s way. This is never easy. I can personally attest to that.
My son, Keifer is a Cavalry Scout in the US Army. I could not be more proud of him for the amazing young man he has grown into. He has been in the military for 29 months now and it has changed him more than I ever imagined it could. The squirrelly teenage boy I watched leave for Boot Camp is all but gone and too be honest, a part of me misses that wild, impulsive, and carefree young man. But I am thrilled with the responsible, intelligent, determined, and strong young man that arrived at my house yesterday.
Keifer drove in yesterday from Fort Riley, Kansas and will be with us for the next 17 days. This is both a blessing and a curse, if you will. This is the time not for goodbye…but rather a time for ‘Until I see you again’. My son’s unit was called up and he is deploying the second week of June. And it’s killing me. The thought of my baby boy, my first born, my only son, heading into danger has given me more sleepless nights than I care to admit.
I still see the little boy who was always up so some mischief or other. The little boy with the white blond hair and a devilish gleam in his green eyes that caused his teachers so much grief because the loved making the other children laugh. The child who used my garbage disposal to play demolition with his hot wheels. I see the 3rd grader that adamantly defended his little sister on the bus when a boy was picking on her. I close my eyes and see the boy who loved playing football more than life itself and the years I spent on the sidelines cheering him on. But those days are gone. Now the young man that stands before me is a US soldier. And as my heart swells with pride, I know, I must let him go…I have no choice.
So, while you’re enjoying this Memorial weekend, cooking out with family and friends and watching the Indianapolis 500, raise a glass and toast all those brave soldiers in arms, past and present, and their families for all the sacrifices they make every day to give us all we have. They are the true heroes in this country and that demands our respect and pride! For them, I salute you and love you with all my heart!!