If you’re a regular around here, you know that my husband and I went to high school together. That our paths went different directions; I headed off to college and he joined the military.
I absolutely LOVE when we go places and they have all the veterans in the room stand up to be honored. It’s because of them that we have that freedom to go about our business and do the things we love, and let’s not forget about those men & women who are currently serving to protect those freedoms for us!
I cheer and applaud with the best of them for those men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms. In fact, one night I had to go to the bathroom and I missed that whole part to praise those who risk their lives for my freedom. I was so mad and I know it isn’t about me, but I still missed it and that upset me.
But here’s where I have a really hard time…
When those few people see my husband stand up and they want to thank me for being his wife.
I wasn’t there for that portion of his life and that in and of itself bothers me.
The women who stand behind their man while he’s serving or the men that stand behind their women, I commend you. I couldn’t even begin to think what it would be like to have them gone for that extended period of time. And a part of me might even be jealous that I couldn’t be there at the gate when he arrived home from serving.
My husband was out of the military long before he came back into my life; an honorable medical discharge kept me from ever having to fret at night what his life was like across the big blue pond, over in the danger zone. So when someone wants to commend me for standing behind him, I don’t know how to respond, because I didn’t have that chance, that opportunity, that responsibility. Nope, I was off enjoying my life living carefree and worry free.
Today is Veteran’s Day. This is a day to honor those who have served our great country. You can bet that I’ll sure be honoring my veteran!