It seems only fitting, whether cliche or not, that on this day, Veteran’s Day, that I write my #CrazyThankful post about how much I am thankful for the veterans in my life.
I touched on some of this in my Veteran’s Day Activities post, but today I want to talk about the veterans in my life and how they have each touched me and fought for our freedom. I’m terrible with history and knowing the full stories, but I’m going to piece together what I know and tell you about the heroes in my life on this Veteran’s Day.
My grandfather, my dad’s dad, was in the Army and stationed in London as a clerk when he met my grandmother. He quickly fell in love and married her and brought her over to the United States. I told their overseas love story when I talked about my connection to London a couple of years ago. My grandfather didn’t like to talk much about his time in the service, but he was a strong independent man and he taught my dad how to be a man. He taught me about love and sitting on Papa’s lap and telling bedtime stories and drinking Nestle’s Quik. He taught me that you love everyone, no matter what, and that you are kind at all times.
He’s my step-brother and he’s a hard nut to crack, but I love him just the way my grandpa and dad taught me to. He served in the Air Force for eight years and became a Staff Sergeant. He just recently left the service and is enjoying his civilian life. He and I grow apart and together at times, but I know that he knows that I love him and that’s all that matters. I’m proud of what he’s done in the service and out and I wish him the best of luck.
This is one of my un-biological sisters. She is a hero of mine for so many strong reasons. I *think* she served in the Army (but it could have been another armed forces) and this was long before I met her. When I met her, she and I were working for Child Protective Services together and we became instant friends. We live states away from each other now, but we talk kind of regularly. We have depression in common and our wonderful husbands, but what I remember the most about her is her spirit. She was always upbeat and happy about her life. She was a single mom of three small children when I met her and I babysat for her at times. Those kids were the light of her life and they still are, along with her grandbabies. I miss her so much and the fun times we shared and I just know that if we lived closer together, we would be best friends all over again!
I know there are people I should be honoring in this post that I’m missing, but this is who I wanted to highlight. My sister has a few nephews who I knew as young boys who are now active in the military. I have friends who have husbands or wives who are either active or are on reserves. There are men and women out there every day fighting for our freedom and I want to honor them as well. I have to stay true to me and this is who I chose this year in this post. Today – I am thankful for the veterans in my life.
Join me on my journey to write 30 days of thankfulness in the month of November for NaBloPoMo and follow my hashtag – #CrazyThankful – to find out what I’m thankful for this month and all year long!
Who are the veterans in your life?