Tuesday, October 02, 2007

They're All Our Sons and Daughters

I have my own feelings about the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those feelings aside, there are brave men and women who are risking and often sacrificing their lives in the name of our country. I might not know each one personally, but it doesn't matter because those brave souls are someone's children.

And as a mother, that's all I need to know.

There is a set of parents who recently lost their son Matt who was serving in Afghanistan. Please visit Jenn's site where she has created an online sympathy card for them.

I look at the faces of my three young boys, and I pray I will never have to see them off to war. I can't imagine the strength of the parents who must.

12 Deserve Mamma's Love:

Mitch McDad said...

It's funny. Maybe it's because I have girls, but I've never thought about what it would be like to have my own kids go off to war. What a horrible thought. And then for then to never return. I can't even imagine how all those parents are able to survive that. So sad.

Peg said...

I can't imagine the pain...I went to Jenn's site, and all the photos are wonderful--I wept. Thank you, Mamma, for the link.

Not a Princess said...

My husband served in the first Gulf War. I'm a Navy Wife and we know that is why they have jobs - because sometime there will be wars. I am very lucky in that his job does not appear to be likely to send hime to Iraq or Afghanistan to fight this "war."

I also have three sons, two of whom have registered for the Selective Service, and although both of those men/boys could use the discipline of military life to shape them up into men I just don't know how the parents of the men who signed up to protect our country can rest knowing their children are in such awful danger each day.

As a wife, I must be supportive, but as a mother I can scream and yell and gnash my teeth against this awful travesty and fight like hell to keep my man/boys out of it.

Jenn said...

Thank you, Mamma.

Lawyer Mama said...

Yes, I can't even imagine....

dawn224 said...

This is all over the blogs I read. I hope all the people standing behind them helps a tiny bit.

Beth said...

I almost "lost" my son to the military. Thank God he changed his mind after basic training.
You really can't know what it's like as a mother until something like that happens. It's frightening...

Lisa said...

This gave me goosebumps. We've often joked that Seth can grow up to do whatever he wants some day -- so long as he's not in the military. Not that the military is bad. But the thought of him going off to war and never coming back scares the POO out of me. Gah.

Shannon said...

My brother leaves the end of this month to go back to Iraq. I am lucky in that he will have a short tour compared to many of the men and women who are over there...he'll be home the end of March. I like to think that he's going to go over there, do his job and come home unscratched. I think it is because I can't deal with the fear. If I acknowledged it, I'd never eat, sleep or be a productive human being. And I'm only the sister...I can't imagine what it is like for a parent. I will take your word that this is a wonderful tribute but I can't bring myself to read it. All I can do is keep them, and all families who have someone over there, in my heart and prayers.

GHD said...

Regardless about your feelings towards the war or your race and religion, you can't deny a parent's feelings towards their children. I can't even imagine ALL of the parents who lose children to war.

Aimée said...

Ah, I hear you. Well put. Tx.

Terri@SteelMagnolia said...

Oh girl.. I could NOT imagine...