The day is here. It is the big day. Our friend, Paul, from the Boston area is celebrating his birthday today. It is also my wedding anniversary. Our blogging family is joining me in a salute to him at 7 PM CST (8 PM EST). I will be having diet 7 UP, Carole is having sparkling water, Jenny is going for 7-7. Your choice of drink is up to you. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all be together in person to celebrate? Happy Birthday Paul!!
Speaking of being together in person, today I am remembering our troops all around the world who are unselfishly putting their lives on hold to serve and protect our country. Do you remember me mentioning the young army reservist who is currently serving his 4th tour of duty in Iraq? I received a message from him last night just about the time I was ready to go to bed. Yesterday was a bit tough on me as it was the anniversary of my Jim’s death. I don’t normally mention things like this because life is for the living and that is the way Jim would have wanted it. I hope this young man won’t mind that I am going to use an excerpt from his message in my blog today.
“I received your message on the 16th of November, but decided to wait until THIS day to reply, if only to... in my small way... commemorate your late husband.
For what little my words may be worth, I give you my thanks and appreciation for the fine example you and Jim set for a true life-long partnership.
How many couples... not just in this generation, but ANY generation... can proclaim a marital bond of FIFTY-ONE years?? Very few, I'm certain.
That's a tremendous accomplishment and although I married fairly late (36), I hope my wife and I can say the same one day as well.
Also may I say this to you one day early, even though he rests in a different and better place now, have a Happy and Peaceful Anniversary tomorrow and God be with you always.”
This message touched me so much! While we are celebrating our blogging friend’s birthday this evening let us also raise our glasses in a toast to our troops. May God be with them all. May the world find peace.