Remember those that aren’t here. This time!

Even though it was written in 2007 this is still a great piece that reminds us to remember just why we can celebrate and to thank those that sacrificed their time and service to make it so. And that maybe, just maybe, they will be with us the next time. That means you, Logan!

Carry On!

A Soldier’s Thanksgiving

Over there a soldier’s thinking
Of a time not long ago,
When his loved ones got together;
‘Twas Thanksgiving Day, you know.

Over there a soldier’s dreaming
Of a turkey baked just right,
Mashed potatoes, golden gravy,
Chestnut dressing, pure delight!

Over there a soldier’s hungry
For whipped cream on pumpkin pie.
Squares of cornbread, crusts so tender,
Homemade biscuits stacked up high.

Over there a soldier’s wishing
He could have one buttered roll.
But he feasts on GI rations
While his unit’s on patrol.

Over there a soldier’s lying
In a ditch, his makeshift bed.
Mud and dirt are his companions;
Been awhile since he’s been fed.

Over there a soldier’s praying
That his open sores will heal.
He is sure that he’ll feel better
Once he has a good hot meal.

Over there a soldier’s hearing
Loud explosions, muffled cries.
Shrapnel killed his foxhole buddy
Right before his very eyes.

Over there a soldier’s quoting
Scriptures learned at Mother’s knee,
Proud that he’s a mighty warrior,
Keeping all his loved ones free.

This Thanksgiving as you’re eating
That sweet corn that grandpa grew,
Say a prayer for that dear soldier
Who would love to be with you.

© 2007 Mariane Holbrook

On this Thanksgiving, America remembers
the men and women of our military….May God love, bless and protect you all.

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Ohhh! Pretty!

I know I am a little bit slow but after some serious nagging, er…. asking, that I put up pictures of the flowers that were sent to Faye Dean on her recent birth date by our grandson PFC Logan Cox by way of Afghanistan. There was chocolates involved too, so this was almost spot on for her! They are really pretty and if I might say she was “tickled pink” when she got them! And she wants everyone to see them. We ended up going to dinner at Rosie O’Gradies on a much quieter evening than our last visit there on college football night. Great food as usual just way calmer and quieter.