Friday, March 3, 2006

Never Forget The Sacrifices

Your alarm goes off, you hit the snooze and sleep for another 10 minutes.

He stays up for days on end.

You take a warm shower to help you wake up.

He goes days or weeks without running water.

You complain of a "headache", and call in sick.

He gets shot at, as others are hit, and keeps moving forward.

You put on your anti war/don't support the troops shirt, and go meet up with your friends.

He still fights for your right to wear that shirt.

You make sure you're cell phone is in your pocket.

He clutches the cross hanging on his chain next to his dog tags.

You talk trash on your "buddies" that aren't with you.

He knows he may not see some of his buddies again.

You don't feel like helping out your dad today, so you don't.

He does what he is told.

You walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls.

He walks the streets, searching for insurgents and terrorists.

You complain about how hot it is.

He wears his heavy gear, not daring to take off his helmet to wipe his brow.

You go out to lunch, and complain because the restaurant got your order wrong.

He does not get to eat today.

Your maid makes your bed and washes your clothes.

He wears the same things for months, but makes sure his weapons are clean.

You go to the mall and get your hair redone.

He doesn't have time to brush his teeth today.

You are angry because your class ran 5 minutes over.

He is told he will be held an extra 2 months.

He does as he is told.

You call your girlfriend and set a date for that night.

He waits for the mail to see if there is a letter from home.

You hug and kiss your girlfriend, like you do everyday.

He holds his letter close and smells his love's perfume.

You ditch class to go to a movie.

He goes where he is told.

You roll your eyes as a baby cries.

He gets a letter with pictures of his new child, and wonders if they'll ever meet.

You criticize your government, and say that war never solves anything.

He sees the innocent tortured and killed by their own government and remembers why he is fighting.

You hear the jokes about the war, and make fun of the men like him.

He hears the gun fire and bombs.

You see only what the media wants you to see.

He sees the bodies lying around him.

You are asked to go to the store by your parents. You don't.

He does what he is told.

You stay at home and watch tv.

He takes whatever time he is given to call and write home, sleep, and eat.

You crawl into your bed, with down pillows, and try to get comfortable.

He crawls under a tank for shade and a 5 minute nap, only to be woken by gun fire.

You sit there and judge him, saying the world is a worse place because of men like him.

If only there were more men like him


I'm not sure of the author, I am going to email my friend she might have written it, she's talented so if it was her I'll be sure to add her name to it.


jckfrstross said...

This is so true:) Thank you for putting this up. It is true most people have no idea what it is like over there and the media does not do a good job of reporting it. Praying for all of you


scotthlori said...

I truly don't know how they {soldiers}do it, but I'm eternally grateful!


firestormkids04 said...

This is so true!  we live in the most wonderful country in the world because of him.  We will never forget.  Our prayers are with you.  Blessings, Penny

mikalsgrl said...

WOW Christy-
I have seen many things but never saw this before. It is sooo true! The sacrifices that our military endures, should make us all take a step back and truly see what the US military does for us.

I know we, as a military family appreciate each and every military member and not a day goes by that they are not in our thoughts and of course in our prayers.

A blessed nation waits for all of the soldiers safe return~ God bless you all!

sangrialel said...

Oh I am so copying this and sending it to my sister!  Linda

lv2trnscrb said...

thanks for the reminder. Lelly (Sangria Times) adapted it from a women's point of view because of her niece being there, but both are very powerful messages


therealslimemmy said...

thanks for the reminder :)

linnpooh said...

What a powerful entry.....WOW is all I can say except that it speaks so much truth.

God Bless Chad & the rest of our troops. I'm always praying.....

Pooh Hugs,

creativecolors19 said...

That is soo true.  So many people take each day of freedom for granted.  Thank you for reminding once again what he and other soldiers are doing for us!

kasee267 said...

Came across this journal last night and thought this was awesome! And also wanted to say 'Thank you' to you and your husband for your service to our country.

grahamfarmga said...

Good entry
May we not forget what we take for granite

chevyz71gurl74 said...

Hiya...I found ya'lls journal through Emily's...and I am so glad i did...
I loved this entry!!! Really opens up a persons view on things...
I plan on backtracking to find out more about the two of you...
and look forward to reading in the future...I have left my link
if you ever find the time or want to visit my journal.

ape0068 said...

very nice writting. i came to the site to thank you for writting me. i can't believe you have the time to read other journals with two boys running around. you must manage your time well. i'm a writer and i like what i just read. yes i want to go to the countries i meantioned and am looking forward to it one day. i'm glad you get to travel. do you get to enjoy any of the places you have been to? i mean with your husband in the service do you travel with him? i bet it's nerve wracking and hard to settle down constantly on the move. i can see from this journal you get a lot of support. i'm glad. i know of one person who was in iraq my nephew in law.( if thats the way you say it?) my husbands nieces husband. anyway he came back safe and sound to his wife and little girl,and we haven't heard much from them cousin is in the service but has not served over seas. he is stationed right now in san antonio. my journal seems trivial now seeing what you've gone thru. thanx anyway for writting i will take my journal off line.

dornbrau said...

I have found that I complain less with my son deployed for those very reasons.
He is having nightmares now.  I haven't slept soundly for days.  I'm having sympathy insomnia.  I can't wait for his leave time (May).  Maybe then both of us can catch a few z's before he has to go back.

nolefan38 said...

WOW! This is very powerful and moving I would love to know who indeed wrote this. It stopped my heart!

kellyjoannew said...

I have a lot of respect for you and your husband and your site always makes me cry.  What great Americans you both are.


bizzybeezzzz said...

Christy & Chad,
Thank You! For everything!