Tuesday, June 8, 2010
I asked my husband to send a note of encouragement to our ten-year-old, and this is what he sent:
First, know that I love you very much. Please understand that our society has many problems and polarizing issues that cause consistent conflagrations. Our fore fathers who left us our country, our liberty, and our freedom also left us with a lot of responsibility. They put their lives, their property, and their happiness on the line to ensure that the future would have at least the same opportunities if not more than they did. These values: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are not our birth right, they are our inalienable rights that must be protected and nurtured under the laws set forth in the Constitution. Inalienable (rights) means that they apply to everyone, not just Americans (citizens of the US), people all over the world. We must stand ready to assist those fledgling democracies all over the world that need our protection from tyranny. We cannot just sit home in comfort watching the news about places all over the world where people are brutalized, exploited, and murdered with or without cause, especially if those people are crying out for freedom. We must assist all who need it. Remember, it was only seventy years ago that we stood on a very high ledge where the world almost plunged into unending nepotistic tyranny. Talk about politics and world affairs if you will, but don’t complain about the people or the actions that give you the freedom to TALK about these things. You can complain about issues if you want, but unless you get off the bench and do something about it, then remain respectfully reverent and thank those who do. Remember, the only thing tyranny needs to succeed is for good men to do nothing.
I know that you will do well in whatever you do. I see the divine spark in you that causes you to do the right thing and stand up for others who cannot defend themselves. Please keep your spirit and try as hard as you can at everything you do. I know you will.
Enjoy your donut day. I would be there if I could. I think the world of you and know that you are great. Thanks for being who you are. I’ll be home soon. Take care of your Mother.
I love you.
Semper fidelis ductus exemplo,
(Capt. *****, USMC)
OK so aside from the fact that he apparently forgot he was talking to a TEN-YEAR-OLD for the main part of this letter, all I can say is WOW. Pretty amazing, huh?
Knucklehead's class is having a 'Donuts with Dads' event tomorrow, and poor little guy is not complaining, but he is definitely sad that Dad can't be here (donuts are their special treat together when Daddy is home). So I had asked hubby to send something to Knucklehead, preferably a picture of himself or something to cheer him up.
And he sent THIS.
Just wanted you all to see why I LOVE this man so much!
As much as deployment sucks, I would do this ten more times if I had to for this amazing man.......but don't tell him that!