Thank you to all the Veterans and their families. We, who enjoy our American freedoms, owe a deep debt of gratitude to those who serve now and in the past. My father served in WWII and now my son and son-in-law both serve their country in the military. I am very proud of them and I am humbled by their sacrifice and especially that of their families.
There are some moments in life that simply delight the soul, on and beyond grandchildren. I woke up a couple of mornings ago, poured my first cup of hot coffee and looked out my kitchen window. At the edge of my patio stood a ten-point buck, slurping up the water out of my heated bird bath. His neck showed the thickening that comes with age – yes the same thing that happens to us – and there were a few marks that indicated a few battles of his own.
The deer was a fine looking fellow and I named him Daniel on the spot. Don’t ask me why, he just looked like a Daniel. He knew I was watching him but he wasn’t a bit concerned. When he finished off the water, he sampled the bushes that ring the patio and then casually sauntered away.
When my dog Brigit died last year, a big buck the size of Daniel stood on a knoll in my woods and that was the place I chose to bury my little friend. I do not know if this is the same buck, but I would like to think so. I would like to think that we are both watching over our little piece of the world together, trusting each other, and appreciating what we each add – despite our differences. That’s my hope for America too.
So as I look back today, grateful for the sacrifices of so many servicemen and women, I also look to the future that was paid for by that service. I am hopeful that we can honor them by learning the lessons of history and moving forward together.