Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Independence Day!

I got this in an e-mail from a friend of mine, and thought I'd share this with all of you.

WHEN A SOLDIER COMES HOME
....he finds it hard....
....to listen to his son complain about being bored.

....to keep a straight face when people complain about potholes.


....to be tolerant of people who complain about the hassle of getting ready for work.


....to be understanding when someone complains about a bad night's sleep.


....to be silent when people pray to God from a new car.


....to control his panic when his wife tells him he needs to drive slower.


....to be compassionate when a businessman expresses a fear of flying.


....to keep from laughing when anxious parents say they're afraid to send their kids off to summer camp.

....to keep from ridiculing someone who complains about hot weather.

....to control his frustration when a colleague gripes about his coffee being cold.

....to remain calm when his daughter complains about having to walk the dog.

....to be civil to people who complain about their jobs.

....to just walk away when someone says they only get two weeks of vacation a year.

....to be forgiving when someone says how hard it is to have a new baby in the house.

The only thing that's harder than being a soldier....
....is loving one.

Take the time today to thank God for placing men in America (like our strong soldiers), so that we can have the freedom we have today!
Happy Independence Day!!

19 Greetings from Elven Friends

Moe said...

*tears* That is a great reminder... thanks for sharing Eldarwen!

Moe

Johanna said...

That was beautiful Eldarwen!!! Thankyou for sharing!

Jenna said...

That's wonderful, Eldarwen! I have received that email as well! Thank you for sharing. It is a wonderful reminder to be thankful for the life we have! :)
Have a blessed July 4th!

Your Sister In Christ,
Jenna

The Golden Eagle said...

Wonderful post, Eldarwen! :)

Happy Independence Day!

Josie said...

I love this, thanks so much for posting it! :)

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Stephanie said...

Wow... that's a powerful reminder. The one with the baby made me get mushy. Thanks for sharing!

~Stephanie

Alexandra said...

That *almost* made me cry--so touching! Thanks a bunch for sharing. :)

Have a blessed 4th of July!

Emily Shae said...

Wonderful post, Eldarwen! Happy 4th of July to you, too. Oh, and I don't mind if you call me Em. Many people call me that. :P

Haley said...

What a great reminder! We often forget what our troops go through, and I think it's so sad that we do. Happy Independence day to you!

~Haley

Kade said...

that's really good...

btw. it has nothing to do with a dragon or returning. :)

melanie:::adorkable said...

wow, that's powerful. moving.

thanks for sharing!
and Happy Belated Independence Day!

amy said...

How is your dad doing, Eldarwen? Still praying!

Amy

Eldarwen said...

@Amy: Dad is doing really, really good! We went to see him at the Hospital yesterday, and he was looking really good! He could talk and communicate really well! He understand most of what I was saying, too! It was SO nice to see him doing good! :) Thanks for asking! I'm going to do an update/post later today. :) I'm still praying for your dad!!

Awel Prince said...

that was awesome! thanks for sharing! my brother is going to bootcamp in September. :( But I know he's doing it for God & Country. :) But then, he's joining the national guard not the army. My dad served in Iraq. :) The only time he got shot at was from the Marines (I think it was the Marines). They mistook Dad's company/platoon for insurgents in the dark and started firing. :) No one was hurt, just a few cracked windshields.

~Awel P.

Katherine Sophia said...

That was really good... thanks for posting it! And I'm so glad your dad is doing better!

Eldarwen said...

@Awel: wow, that is scary! I'm glad your dad is okay!! I'll keep your brother in my prayers. :)

samarah said...

Beautiful post Eldarwen! thank you so much :)

Jayne said...

Thanks for Sharing- It's a great reminder!