Monday, September 12, 2005

September 12th

It's been four years since September 11, 2001. It's hard to believe how quickly time has passed. But, it's also hard to comprehend how far away our pre 9/11 lives are from us now. I don't like getting nostalgic about things that happened less than five years ago. It makes me feel old, and it makes me feel sorry for the kids who will never know a day of "people-watching" in the airport that does not include a head-to-toe scan for explosives and evil intent.

I'm thankful for the freedoms I enjoy as an American. I am grateful to the people who have sacrificed for me. This picture was taken last year when both of my brothers were stationed in Iraq at the same time. They just happened to meet up for a couple of days. They share a bond that I will never have, even though we share the same parents. I can't imagine the things they've seen or comprehend the import of the decisions they were and are forced to make daily. But, I am thankful for willingness to make those tough decisions in our best interest.

Between the two of them, they've done five tours in Iraq. That's a lot of sand and heat and who knows what else. The oldest is back in the States now for a short break and then will be heading back again for (hopefully) his last time. I spoke with him on the phone last night and he told me about how he's been spending his "free" time from all that craziness.

He was in Fort Worth-- sorting clothes and food and other needed items for distribution to hurricane survivors.

I'm proud of my brothers. I'm proud of our men of service.


Monkey said...

This picture was taken last year when both of my brothers were stationed in Iraq at the same time.

Wow. How are they holding up? I'm glad one of your brothers is home. You are very brave.

(this is your liberal friend speaking... I support the troops, but not the war)

Mandy D said...

Yay! I'm so glad your bro is home! I'm sure I am not alone when I say how thankful we are for people like your brothers doing something so sacrificial for the sake of freedom. Like those who serve God on the mission field, your brothers have chosen to participate in something larger then themselves. It is admirable.

flippnsweet said...

Monkey, the boys are holding up just fine. Thank you for asking. I was blessed to hear many of the stories about the good we are doing over there that we don't get to hear on the news, so, that helped a lot. I had to finally stop watching (not easy to do), for all the worry it caused.

I'm not brave at all. Not really. They are the brave ones.

Mandy, yes, we are glad to have him back. I don't have what it takes to do what they do, so I too am thankful for those who are willing and able to protect the weenies of the world like myself. ;)

BlackVelvetLace said...

Sweet, were I military I would salute your brothers. As it is I will have to settle for a deeply felt thanks of gratitude for their sacrifices and courage.