It was the perfect opportunity to practice being present, my ‘One Little Word’ for this year. While cruising under brilliant, blue skies, above the puffy, white clouds at 37,000 feet yesterday afternoon, I intentionally tuned out the other passengers, the movie, and my book. I felt completely present as I gazed down at the view from my window seat…
As we left the Southwest,
I focused on the rugged mountains and long, winding rivers flowing in ribbons
through the sparse desert landscape.
(I intentionally resisted the urge to grab my camera so many times. Not an easy thing for me!)
Over the Great Plains,
I studied the patchwork of farmlands, stitched with an occasional narrow road,
creating a true American quilt
in the loveliest Autumn colors.
As we approached the Midwest,
sunset saturated the sky with a perfectly blended,
inky palette of
seedless preserves, fired brick, and spiced marmalade.
Moments later, the night sky revealed just one twinkling light below.
Soon more tiny lights shone from small towns,
and before long we admired the
sprawling, sparkling grid of of Chicago’s lights below us.
Three hours spent just being
was such a powerful gift!
There was time to intentionally reflect on
each ‘One Little Word’ from years past, as well…
Breathe (2012), Grace (2013), and Blessings (2014).
From my window seat yesterday,
I counted the blessings of freedom and liberty
as we flew over our land.
I thought about the price of our
freedom and liberty.
I thought about the sacrifice of so many heroes.
Those brave men and women
who sacrificed so much for our freedom.
I thought about the important lessons that I have learned
while volunteering to help our military families.
When one family member is serving in our Armed Forces,
the entire family makes a huge sacrifice
for our freedom.
Today, on Veterans Day, we honor and thank
all of those brave heroes
who have served our country
in the past
and those who serve our country
We are so proud of the brave Army Veterans in our family…
my father-in-law who served in the South Pacific in World War II,
my father who served in Korea,
my uncle who served in Vietnam,
and our cousin who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, as a Marine.
We honor and thank them for their sacrifice!
I am so grateful for the Veterans who came to visit my classroom
over the years.
Brave servicemen and women who taught us all
about sacrifice ~
time spent away from their families
to keep our families safe.
Heroes, one and all.
We all hope for the day when brave men and women
around the globe
will no longer be sent into harm’s way.
Until that day,
young men and women
will continue to make sacrifices
for our freedom.
Yesterday, seated with us in Row 27,
we met one of the newest members of our military.
was flying to ‘boot camp’
at Great Lakes Naval Base.
He was so excited
about the next four years of his life.
During ‘boot camp’ he will miss
his 19th birthday celebration,
Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s with his family and friends.
These are just a few of the small sacrifices that
Hunter and his entire family
are making for our freedom.
I shook his hand and said,
“Thank you so much for your service.”
As a nation,
we have the opportunity to serve our Veterans,
by providing them with better healthcare benefits,
safe places to live, and more job opportunities.
Each one of us can share our gratitude
by thanking the Veterans we meet
With much gratitude,
P.S. How do you honor our Veterans throughout the year?