Monday, April 27, 2009

Journal Jar

Have you been affected by a war somewhere, somehow, sometime?

I have been affected by war, in some huge ways.

The first was watching Desert Storm on the TV. I remember watching the TV in the den with my family and my parents both just in shock that it was on TV. I don't know any of the politics behind it cuz I was so little. I just remember my parent's reactions.

They were both in Air Force. That is actually where they met.

The second time I was affect by war was 9/11. I thought that the world would awesome. I was a senior in high school. I had a steady boyfriend of 2.5 years. We had talked of getting married after high school and going to college together.

9/11 happened and my boyfriend changed. He was mad. He wanted to buy a gun. He wanted to hurt people that didn't look like him. He wanted to join the Army just to have permission to kill.

Then the recruiters showed up at the high school in flocks. He talked to them. They couldn't take him because of some "medical issues." He got even more mad.

Anyway we broke up for a few more reasons but that was a huge one.

Third reason I'm affected by a war is I'm married to a military man. One that puts the bombs on the planes. One that is going to be very much needed if drama happens over here in the US again.

My hubby was in Fairbanks for almost 3 weeks. He came home on a Tuesday night at 8pm, to tell us that he was leaving the next morning at 6am. If it had been any other day, Bee would have been in bed. He would not have seen him. It just so happens that I was quilting and last track of time so Bee was awake.

From that I learned a lot. I had never had that happen as a military wife before. Usually if they are going to leave, it takes a lot of planning and organizing so we have notice. Not this time. Yes, it was only 500 miles away. And Bee and I did go visit BUT it could have been Iraq. Or anywhere for that matter.

It made me grateful for the time I do spend with Chris. And for family time. Grateful that my hubby is brave enough to go fight the bad guys so that we can be safe here. So that I can be a mom. And so my friends and family can do what they do. He doesn't get paid well. He works long hours but I'm so grateful that he is mine.

So there. That made me all patriot today!!

PS. Sorry about yesterdays said, "Don't pray the Book of Mormon, it's how they get you." on a Baptist church sign. LOL I thought it was sooo funny!


annie valentine said...

Okay, this is off topic, but do I need to send you my phone number? ;)

Becky said...

My father was in Vietnam. He left two weeks after I was born. The impact of his being gone during that time still influences my family to this day. But I am so proud of his willingness to serve his country. I don't think I would change anything.

Kristina P. said...

I have to admit I haven't been closely touched by the war. I like to count myself lucky.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

If not for WWII my parents wouldn't have met. And that means I would not be me. Interesting to think of war that way.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Yes, I have been touched by war, but the important thing is to Thank Chris and you and you little guy, for living the life you do and making it a safer world for all. THANK YOU!!

roy/elisabeth dean said...

When I was a little girl, my oldest brother was in Vietnam. When Danang (sp) was bombed, we didn't hear from him for a couple of weeks. I remember the newspaper coming to take pictures of my Mom, waiting by the phone for news. It was a really sweet article. He had been hurt, but was coming home!
I have always been so proud of our military. Tell your sweet hubby that we pray for them every night and we appreciate all they do. We appreciate the wives/husbands and children who stay home and keep going, despite all the worry and stress. You're ALL heros to me!

Barbaloot said...

Thanks for sharing. My grandpa was career Air Force, and now my uncle and five cousins have followed his foot steps. I haven't been affected nearly the same as you---but we definitely feel it in our family.

I'm grateful for the patriotic spirit it brings to us, though.

Kate said...

My dad being in the AF for 22 years, I did learn a lot. I was always on the side though, never really in the conversations, since I was so young.
I will be completely honest, I still cannot watch ANYTHING with 9/11 footage on it...I am still hurting, paniced, sad for the events that happened. I am so grateful for the armed forces and for your family. Fighting for ME and my safety.

nikkicrumpet said...

Please tell your hubby how much we appreciate the sacrifices he and your family make for us. I work near an air force base and I see the men and women who fight for our country every day...and I try really hard to thank them everytime I do. You guys all ROCK!

Aunt Spicy said...

Words fail me when I try to express my gratitude for the military (and the spouses of those in the military). Thank you!