The Lucky Ones

Today, in the US, it is Memorial Day. A day for remembering those who have fallen before us in battle. Growing up, my image of a “veteran” was that of an old man, proud and valued, but old, just the same. Someone from “the old days”. I never even thought of them as the young men they were (and yes, young women, too) when they answered their countries call. I was so blissfully ignorant. Not so anymore. As many of you lovely readers know, my own lovely boy — my baby brother — answered that call and has been serving in Iraq since last July 4th. He — this 21 year old at the beginning of his life — is a veteran. A veteran! The depth and magnitude of this title overwhelm me now. And we — my family and I, and my dear Jason — are luckier than so many. I have no grave that needs visiting this day. No wreath to place. He is, at this time, and despite seeing heavy action rather continuously, unharmed. I am so thankful for luck. Thankful for Jason’s wary good sense. Thankful for the angels watching over him. Thankful to the universe an all in it, and I am equally thankful to those who were not so lucky, for giving all of themselves, and to their families, as well, for the great sacrifice. I never knew.
And while I sit here, tears in my eyes at their sorrow, they are also tears of fearful joy. we received the best news — Jason’s tour will not be extended until August as previously determined, but he will rather leave Iraqi soil on June 22nd, bound first for Texas and then for home. My baby’s coming home.

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9 Responses to The Lucky Ones

  1. LMardenNH says:

    I am so happy for you and your family, Heather. You were glowing last Wednesday as you told us the good news. I add another wish to the stack that he comes home safely and on schedule.

  2. Gigi says:

    I’ll keep sending good vibes until your brother is back safe and sound! SO exciting that he will be here soon.

  3. Lora says:

    Coming Home. What a wonderful phrase. It packs so much meaning and emotion! I pray for Jason’s safe return!

  4. Amanda1 says:

    Aw, Heather… I’m so happy for your and your family. You must be so excited. What an answer to your prayers.

  5. Sonya says:

    What a wonderful way to start the summer!! I can’t imagine how happy you and the family are.

  6. Nora says:

    Now it’s me who is crying tears of joy for you.

    Beautiful post Heather. May he return safely to the arms of his loving family. x

  7. Amy Boogie says:

    My baby brother is in the Navy so I know what you mean. I’m happy to hear your baby brother will be home. I hope he stays safe and the month flies by until his return.

  8. Nichole says:

    Glad to hear those words – coming. home. NICE! They added to the usual Memorial Day festivities in Charlotte for the race this year and included over 1500 soldiers, including one who’s family thought they were on hand to accept an award on his behalf – instead they were surprised with HIM. Never seeen 200,000 race fans with tears of joy like that before!

  9. sarah says:

    that is wonderful news!

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