A salute to the families of military members

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Taliesin, Jul 31, 2006.

  1. Taliesin

    Taliesin New Member

    I read this during a retirement ceremony today. It specifies Air Force wives, but the same kind of sentiment applies to all military family members.

    The Air Force wife is a special individual. When she was a girl, her dreams were bold, as bold as her fine, free gaze; and every gift of grace and mind was hers in her younger days. When she was a girl, a golden girl, with a soul as fine as fire, she could outshine the brightest jewel that a rich man's love might buy her. Yes, hers could have been the glittering path through a careless, carefree life. But she fell in love with an Airman, so she became a military wife.
    Away from the home of her childhood she marched at her husband's side. For she chose a wide and winding road when she became a bride. And sometimes the road was a hard one, so different from what she had planned. And sometimes she wept for the home she had left as she lay in a foreign land. And sometimes her steps would grow weary as she followed the drum and the fife. But she set about making the world her home because she was a military wife.
    She learned to build a hearth for them wherever her man was sent. And she knelt to plant a garden every time he pitched their tent. Yes, she always planted a garden though she never saw it grow. For she knew before the flowers came that she would have to go. But she left each garden gladly though it cut her like a knife. For she hoped it might bring some comfort to another military wife.
    To the hardships in her married life she brought one simple truth. A promise that once was spoken in the ancient words of Ruth: "Where you go, I will go, and where you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. where you die I will die, and there I will be buried." She shared his joys and sorrows as they make their way through life, for she was proud to love an Airman and to be a military wife.
    She bore the weight of worrying what fate might hold in store; and the wordless fear of waiting when her soldier went to war; and the nights that she spent fearing that her waiting was in vain; and the pain of wanting someone she might never hold again. But she bore his children gladly through uncertainty and strife. And they never heard her crying for she was a military wife.
    She raised a military family with the with the faith her love had taught her; and she gave the pride she had inside to her son and to her daughter; and she taught them to love freedom and to know what it was worth, as they helped her plant gardens in the corners of the earth. And she never wished for better than the road they marched through life, because she was as much an Airman as she was a military wife.

    To all the military family members, especially the wives:

    Thank you for your support of our fighting men.
  2. Redd

    Redd New Member

    Southeast Kansas
    Great post, and yes, thanks to all our service men, their wives, and other family. Because it ain't just that person risking something. So is everybody who loves them. Again, great post.


  3. Flatheadhunter33

    Flatheadhunter33 New Member

    Yuma, Arizona
    Good post brother! All too often people side step my family to thank me for my service. Although I greatly appreciate the gratitude, I always ensure that my family gets some recognition too. My wife is a very amazing woman. Among other things, she basicly morphs into "mommydaddy" whenever I deploy. She's really good at it too!
  4. tigger_tat_55

    tigger_tat_55 Member

  5. GoFish_Tony

    GoFish_Tony New Member

    Big Rock, IL
    Great post!

    While I can’t speak for the courage of military wives, I can comment on what a military parent encounters.

    Someday soon I will try to write about the feelings that I have gone through. But for now, all I can say is… a mother’s love is an amazing thing! I’ve witnessed it first hand and am blown away by it. I’ve seen her fears, tears and sleepless nights. But I have also watched her give comfort and encouragement to a son that was far from home.
    To all my BOC and also all those military families out there…
    Encourage each other. Ask how that serviceman or servicewoman is doing. A lot of us, at some point, need to talk about our fears and concerns. Somehow, talking about them brings them a bit closer home.

    Maybe more effective and important, check on the well-being of those wives that are here while the husbands are deployed. Many are financially, emotional and physically in bad shape. Make a point to show you care. Do what you can; you might be surprised at how MUCH you have to offer.

    We can all make a difference in another’s life.

    I am the proud father of a son that just today made his first Army Airborne Infantry jump. I’m having a hard time typing this cuz my chest is so puffed out!
  6. olefin

    olefin New Member

    Great post Curtis and Tony. Rep to you both.
  7. BamaCats Lady

    BamaCats Lady New Member

    Luverne, Alabama
    Wow that really gave me goose bumps!
    Congrats Tony! & Thanks to both of you, you've both given us something to think about!
  8. Flatheadhunter33

    Flatheadhunter33 New Member

    Yuma, Arizona
    You said it just right brother!