Thanksgiving was very bittersweet this year. The man in blue’s schedule has been erratic as of late. He We, however, were very fortunate that he was able to be home for the holiday, but for a few days only. Sadly, he left again all too soon. Here I type wishing he were still here by me. Still, I am appreciative because he was not due to be here at all, not even for a split second.
I should mention that today is also bittersweet in and of itself for me. Yes, he left, and that saddens me. However, *sigh* today marks the 12th anniversary of our first time meeting, but I digress. (Don’t worry I’ll bore excite you in December with our first date details).
Anyway…I am so grateful that we were able to cook together, play games together and tuck our children in at night together, for a few days. It is such a rare thing, and we will take what we can get. I am thankful for his diligence in picking out a Christmas tree very early for us so we could decorate it together as a family before he left. I am even thankful for his helping out with a huge project I have going on for a military support organization – he still gave his time even though he was home for a short spell. On top of it all, I am also grateful for the job that takes him away from us all too often. Silly though that may sound, it’s true. Most of you can relate, I’m sure.
We appreciate the sense of a secure job that puts food on our tables and pays the bills. Sure, there are times we dislike things about the military, probably a lot of times, but it’s really all about perspective. When I look at the grand picture before me, including the uncertainties facing my civilian counterparts in my family and friend circles, I realize how truly blessed we are. At least for now anyway. Yes, there are many scary topics looming on the horizon that have me nervous and anxious about what if’s and what-may-comes, but for now I will remain grateful.
In my all-time favorite Christmas movie, General Waverly states, “”If there’s one thing I learned in the Army, it’s to always be positive… especially when you have no idea what you are talking about.” So, since life is full of unknowns, especially the military side of life, I will do my best to remain positive and try and focus on the little happy moments and be grateful for what I can.
I hope you all too enjoyed many moments of happiness, grace, and thankfulness this week. Oh, and one last thing, I am thankful to be here as a part of the MyMilitaryLife family – thank you Wendy and all the bloggers for having me.