Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Wishes For Our Troops, For Our Homes

This Thanksgiving, I got a small taste of what it would be like to have Thanksgiving all alone. As luck would have it, all the kids are scattered off all over the country. My husband decided to go up to Seattle to purchase a new truck, and ran into some weather issues, and may not be home at all for Thanksgiving. My oldest needs to work. My youngest daughter might not be back from her travels to the Pacific Northwest with a friend.

It was looking like it would be just me and the dogs.

Soldiers serving overseas don't have their families around them at the holidays. I began to imagine how they would feel, perhaps leaving a pregnant wife, or new bride, a baby born just before deployment or during, the elderly parent or grandparent who is in frail health, or who passes or has just passed away. I can only imagine what it would feel like to be stuck in a foreign land where not much of the language is understood. Weather and landscapes vastly different from that place that we call home. Their jobs don't stop for a holiday like Thanksgiving.

It has to take a personal toll, being so disconnected from their family and their country.

My heart goes out to all those who didn't return, or will never return, to the families who mourn for them. To the soldiers who miss home, mom and apple pie. Who even miss the little arguments that can happen around a dinner table at Thanksgiving. Who assemble relying on their new, perhaps temporary family, and the grace and decency of their superiors. Who do this thing we call military service day in and day out. They do it for us.

Thank you. My wish is that you know how deeply thankful I am for my freedoms, and for the way
you have protected me so I could live this crazy life. Know that there are far more people who love and support you, than you ever knew existed.

And God Bless you all.

Sharon Hamilton
Life is one fool thing after another.
Love is two fool things after each other.


  1. Wish I could be there for everyone of them or magically bring them home to spend time with their Families and loved one, Thank you Sharon for what you do for them, now am off to get a tissue as I am crying again...............Jara

    1. They want our love and support, especially today. We're not forgetting them, right? Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Jara.