Time with Dad is precious. See he was a Cold War solider for the first 21 years of my life.
During spring break we were going to all watch the Winter Olympics, and instead he went off with the Corps of Engineers to make sure the ice did not melt in that unusually warm winter period. While living in Japan I went on numerous camp outs while he had to go up and recon Hokkaido beaches the Russians would try to land on…did I mention a Russian fighter shadowed them the whole time only a few months before and after KAL 007? I know I was young, but I read the Army Staff School monthly magazine at the age of 9, and Jane’s Defense memorized by 12. I was worried for my Dad, and in awe of what he and his friends were doing for my freedom.
So my few trips with Dad are pretty warm memories. The photo above is from Berlin in 1994. He came over in my first six months away from the US to make sure I was doing ok. It was nice he could pick a few jobs he did for the State Department maintenance team. In this case it was to look at the then new site for the US Embassy to Germany on the pre-WWII site in East Berlin.
On those trips I learned how much his family meant to him, and how he protected it in his work decisions. On trips when other men might go out drinking heavy, he struck out on his own and took photos or meet locals. (Yep it was his camera that I borrowed in the 1980s! Canon AF) I learned he turned down a career enhancing assignment when I was in the 10th grade so my sister and I could stay in our current high schools. I also learned how much he loved my Mom. How he frets for her health, does what he thinks she needs, and balances his needs off of that. No marriage is easy, but the love they have for each other after 44 years is pretty impressive.
So what was the most important lesson my Dad gave me? He taught me a traditional American concept of duty to God, family and country. In this way he brought me into adulthood as nobly as he could. He taught me to set the standards of my behavior as high as possible, for his house was to stand with the Lord forever. It is one incredible gift to gain for a lifetime.
P.S. My old Canon Rebel (film version) with the kit lens 35-105mm took this in Berlin circa 1994!
Color Guard on the move!
I was once a soldier young a proud. Proud to serve with men who lived for the Red, White and Blue. Red for blood of sacrifice to keep us free, White for the purity of heart demanded of servants to a higher cause of our country’s well being, and Blue for the unity of effort required to block our threats to our great land.
There we stood guard for an hour in front of those who went before us…
I’ve stood guard, but never been asked to fight…not like those who once and still guard against the terrors of the night…
The soldiers you see here were once the ones I served as an officer…I know not where they are now, but I pray for them as I do for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Happy Birthday U.S. Army. May you continue to serve with honor for a long, long time.
Color Guard of Charlie Rock! C/4-12 Infantry. Baumholder, Germany 1994 deployed to….
Luxembourg American Military Cemetary
I saw the headlines at 5:35 AM today….and I wanted to weep…
On the way to work I listened to the Divine Office, Office of Readings. This psalm gave me some hope and put some anxiety away:
Do not fret because of the wicked;
do not envy those who do evil:
for they wither quickly like grass
and fade like the green of the fields.
If you trust in the Lord and do good,
then you will live in the land and be secure.
If you find your delight in the Lord,
he will grant your heart’s desire.
Commit your life to the Lord,
trust in him and he will act,
so that your justice breaks forth like the light,
your cause like the noon-day sun.
Be still before the Lord and wait in patience;
do not fret at the man who prospers;
a man who makes evil plots
to bring down the needy and the poor.
Calm your anger and forget your rage;
do not fret, it only leads to evil.
For those who do evil shall perish;
the patient shall inherit the land.
A little longer – and the wicked shall have gone.
Look at his place, he is not there.
But the humble shall own the land
and enjoy the fullness of peace.
PS If you need a daily dose of religious thought you’d be hard pressed to find a better simple app than The Divine Office (iOS/Android). Many times people are surprised when the Pope talks about certain issues seemingly out of the blue. The reality is many issues are tied into either the life of the church through its daily readings or the Divine Office daily readings which require homilies he may give that day! Therefore topics often come out of the normal life of the church’s gospel or devotional cycle. You can find out more on teh Divine Office at www.divineoffice.org
Kellie wanted me to share a story…
I went to the fort and looked through the telescope looking for my three big kids. Arizona cannot be that far away!
Wave my flags
I waved my flags to tell them to come home for dinner! But the big kids did not see me here in Georgia.
So my Dad came out to play with me..and I swung in the swing, climbed the ladder, laughed in my little house…but still I missed my big kids! Oh I can’t wait until they come home.
I just have one question…if today is Sunday and they come home on Saturday how long is that going to be? I think not right now is sad.
What is Saturday?