Sunday, May 27, 2012

Some Gave All

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“He is my son.”  “He is my brother.”  “He is my Dad.”

He was beautiful, and minutes after he was placed on my chest he grabbed my finger and held on.  I'll never forget how I felt that day.  I knew I wanted to protect him always.  He came from Heaven through me. I love him, he is my son!

When the nurse gave him to me and placed the scissors in my hand to cut the umbilical cord, I looked at his little face, crying, and knew I would love him forever.  Flesh of my flesh, he is my son!

He was always there for me, wrestling with me and teaching me how to play baseball.  He defended me when I was being picked on by the bigger kids, and threatened to ‘hurt them’ if they didn’t leave me alone.  He cared about me, and I looked up to him.  Of course I will always love him, he is my brother!

He was there for me.  He joked about how no boy would ever be good enough for me, and how they’d all better watch out, because if they made me cry or broke my heart, or God forbid kissed me, they’d have to deal with him.  He was so sweet, always watching out for me.  I love him still, he is my brother!

He took me to ball games and taught me how to pitch.  He shared his enthusiasm about cars with me, starting with Matchbox sets when I was just a tot.  He came to every one of my games that he could… when he was home.  He had strong arms and taught me that helping my mom was important.  He taught me to respect my teachers and showed me how to pray.  I love him so much, he is my dad!

He carried me and showed me off!  He called me his little princess and treated me like one.  He came to my recitals when he was able to, and he danced with me at Aunt Jean’s wedding!  No matter what, he always let me know that he loved me, and that except for mom, nobody else could steal his heart like me.  He had strong hands and smiled all the time.  I love him with all my heart, he is my dad!

Since before the Revolutionary War, brave men and women have died serving this country because freedom is worth fighting for.  It takes a special person to join the Armed Forces and commit their very lives so the rest of us can live free.  These men and women who died in battle were children, brothers and sisters, and parents.  They were loved, and they are remembered.  Today all I can do is say Thank You, to those who died, and to those left behind.  The loss you suffer is felt by Americans all over the world.  May God bless you and keep you, as you remember that He was there with your Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine.  No one dies alone.  May they rest in peace. 

Day is done, gone the sun, from the lakes from the hills from the sky, all is well, safely rest.  God is nigh.
Fading light, dims the sight, and a star gems the sky gleaning bright, from afar, drawing nigh, falls the night.
Thanks and praise, for our days, neath the sun, neath the stars, neath the sky.  As we go, this we know, God is nigh.


  1. Deirdre,

    That was magnificent--it gave me chills reading it. I feel awful not doing a memorial piece this year. I always remember too late. It's been a while since I read something so elequently written and that touched my heart so deeply. I love the words to "Taps" too. Thank you for posting this on this very special day


  2. God bless you, Micki, and thank you so much for commenting. We are very blessed to live in such a place, that God still watches over us through young men and women and by His holy grace we are protected. Have a beautiful day! Deirdre

  3. Absolutely beautiful! So eloquent, so inspiring--thanks so much for taking the time to write this and your words will remain with me for a very long time!

  4. Thank you, Sandra. They were heroes indeed! God bless you!

  5. Beautiful. Just beautiful. All of it.

    1. Thank you, Linnea. God bless you.

  6. So wonderful! It is so sweet knowing children can hold such memories.
    Thank you for sharing.

  7. Thank you, Rosemary. God bless you.


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