ENTRY for the FALL SEASON and Defining GRATITUDE CONTEST
Everyone deserves some appreciation!
Defining gratitude..... With the upcoming holiday, I am inclined to define gratitude as a thankfulness for those who have and are serving our country. Our Veterans!
My step-dad was by far the most influential person in this regard. He and his friends wrote a book about honor. Victory Through Valor. It was supposed to be a story of what happened at the Battle of the Bulge but it turned into so much more. I studied history but never really understood what these brave young men and women endured. History books water it down and focus on the battle/the dates and not the human aspect. From Jim's stories, I learned the sacrifices, struggles and the terror of the fighting that most have forgotten. In his kindness, there was a great compassion for others. He gave of his time and his talent to teach about the war.
I had the pleasure of being invited to the book signing where I had the opportunity to meet a select few of these special people and their families. I was in awe of the bravery and dedication of these Veterans. Some that I had the pleasure to meet and thank are now gone including Jim. It saddens me to think what they did will be forgotten. I have great respect and thankfulness for these men and women who gave their time and their lives for a cause greater than themselves. The pain and suffering they endured on a personal level is nothing less than a miracle. A miracle for the ones who survived. A time to be remembered. So today think about where you are and what you have. Thank a Veteran for your freedoms.
The plan to show my gratitude is to donate warm scarves to the veterans in my area. It does not sound like much but I believe the scarf, a smile and a huge thank you will go along way to create some happiness in the lives of these noble men and women. The goal is to donate as many scarves as I can make between now and the holidays.
Thank you for reading and wish me luck in meeting my goal!