Reposted for Memorial Day! How Can I Stand Here With You- And Not Be Moved By You?

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Real Estate Agent with Liberty Homes RS-#62825

In honor of all the men and women who have served our country and died for our country during wartime!

The following link is for those who would like to read a brief history about Memorial Day!

 

Michael and MeYou're "Everything".  This is a true story about the relationship I have with my son, Michael and his homecoming from serving in the United States Navy.

Michael went into the US Navy when he was 19 years old and he was stationed on the USS Kitty Hawk for the preceding 4 years before coming home last July 2006. This tour of duty on the Kitty Hawk commenced after going through school and training for 2 years in Virginia.

On March 19, 2003 it was my son's 22nd birthday. (He just turned 26 this past March) He was stationed on the USS Kitty Hawk and on this day in the Persian Gulf.  This was Day One of the War in Iraq. As any mother would, I cried. My whole life felt shatter at that moment that I was listening to the news and the announcement of declaring war on Iraq. Some birthday for Michael. Silently, I wept inside for my first born child. Only a mother knows what this feels like. Our whole being stops still for a moment while contemplating how life is going to go on knowing my son is in imminent danger.

I didn't hear from Michael for about three months until his email arrived in my Inbox. WooHoo! He was back in Japan! Throughout his time on the "Kitty Hawk" he spent 6 or more months of every year out at sea and every time he did not email I thought he was on his way back to the Persian Gulf.  

My son never failed to collect things along his travels for me and the rest of his family and when he came for Christmas in 2004 he brought it all! He even collected all these Snoopy bells he collected for me every time he went to McDonald's! From Austrailia, to Hong Kong, to Guam to Korea and back to Japan he had boxes of gifts for all of us.  This is my thoughtful son. And again, the feeling of loneliness when he left to go back to Japan.

A few months later I received an email from Michael that was so heartwrenching I cried and cried and got frantic for a return response. We went back and forth for awhile and then after that for the next few days. The title of the email was "Apologies and Heavy Thoughts" and because I will protect the privacy of my son and this email by not going into detail.....I will only share the last few lines.... (yes, I kept all his emails) of his rambling state of 6 long paragraphs.

I love you all so much, I just have such a hard time saying it.

Please stay with me as long as you can.  I promise I'll do my best to do the same.

Michael

Basically, he was thinking about if he did not get back before one of his family may have passed away he wanted me to know (he didn't send it to anyone but me) that he was sorry for not keeping in touch as often as he should and that he loved me and everyone.

Last year on Mother's Day 2006 I received a HUGE email from my son with an attachment.  No other words in the email ...but "Attachment". PLEASE LISTEN TO THIS SONG "EVERYTHING"...BY LIFEHOUSE.  THIS WAS FROM MY SON.

 

And then Michael came home on July 3, 2006.....For good.

                        

 

Following are additional articles which are full of information for Hawaii as well! 

 

HAWAIIAN Spirits and Superstitions

Blogging about "VOG" in Hawaii

Visitor and Newcomer Safety Tips for Hawaii!

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.

 

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Midori Miller
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Sally-I had to get up from my desk and actually blow my nose.  Thank God your baby is safe.  The song just made me weep and weep, I understand I am a mom.  Words like that mean so much.  I see the love in your family.  These are the moments we live for...Thank you for such a intimate look into you life!  You did good Sally!

May 25, 2007 06:17 AM #1
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Carol Kinsley
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Sally,

 Thanks so much for sharing this story.  Neither of my two boys were ever in the military but we have a lot of friends who are.  Newport has a Navy base still operating here for training, as well as a Coast Guard Station, so some of our friends are Coast Guard, while others are Marines or Navy of course.

One of our friends is a Lt. Col in the Marine Corps, & has been stationed in Afghanistan for the past 7 months imbedded with their miltary providing intelligence.  We found out via email from him a few months ago that his wife is expecting their 2nd & 3rd child (twins).  We alwasy think of them and especially him & just like you said, it's always so comforting to get an email from him. We then know he's okay!

I am reading this at the office & do not have speakers, so I will make a point to listen to it at some point this weekend!

Enjoy the Memorial Day weekend & thank Michael for all his hard work defending our freedom! We really do appreciate it!

Thanks to all our troops here and abroad!

God Bless the USA!

Peace!

Carol

May 25, 2007 06:19 AM #2
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Midori: Aw Geez. Here we go again. I posted this the other day and had such an unreal response I'm glad it is making it to you all who didn't see it!  It's like the one you wrote about your baby going away....I cried as well.
May 25, 2007 06:20 AM #3
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Carol:  Wow, just posted and you popped up...You're not going to believe this...I was born in Newport, RI (my dad retired from the Navy) Be sure to listen to the music...I cried and cried.
May 25, 2007 06:26 AM #4
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Hey Sally, Thanks for sharing this. He's a good looking guy. Glad he's safe.
May 25, 2007 06:45 AM #5
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BB:  And to think us "mommies" still call our way grown sons our babies..haha...

May 25, 2007 07:25 AM #6
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Teri Eckholm
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Sally--You just keep reposting this one as many times as you want! It is a great tribute to your son--He deserves our thanks again and again! Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend! :)
May 25, 2007 01:06 PM #7
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Thanks Teri:  Didn't care if anyone commented just wanted it up again for Memorial Day weekend.
May 25, 2007 01:16 PM #8
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Sally - It is an appropriate one for Memorial Day.
May 26, 2007 08:21 PM #9
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Randy: Got more attention before..haha! But you know what...it was me wanting to have it up there to listen to the song and go through those girlie feelings..haha.
May 27, 2007 04:52 AM #10
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