Monday, 11 November 2013
A Personal Remembrance Day
My husband and I, with our son, spent over 26 years living the military way of life.
It gave things to us .. the experience of literally living from coast to coast in Canada.
Four amazing years living in the Netherlands and travelling through Europe.
Seeing where actual war was waged and it's still ingrained affects, was a profound time for our son and ourselves.
So many North Americans have no clue to the stark reality of war unless they are some how involved with a military life and having the chance to see the reality up close and personal.
It took things from us ... more than half of our marriage and time seeing our son grow up, was spent apart.
My husband is a Gulf War vet .. the first one in 1991.
He saw and experienced things that nightmares are made of.
It changed and disabled him permanently .. it also changed and disabled me.
The extreme stress of seeing a loved one go through hell for year after year, evokes physical and emotional damage beyond repair.
When this day comes it brings it all back to the surface, not only for ourselves but our thoughts for all past and present military families and what they are going through .. the connecting thread runs deep.
I post this rather personal tribute in honor of them and hope they keep strong and as well as possible.