Thursday, May 13, 2010

Perspectives

On Monday, our oldest son returned back to Colorado Springs from Afghanistan after being deployed for 13 months. We were able to meet him at the Denver International Airport after his 72 hours of travel from Kuwait. It was so good to get the hugs and see him face to face. We helped him get settled into his apartment, pick up his new Jeep and took him out for non-army food, complete with non-disposable tableware and actual glass goblets.

As we sat eating dinner at the Blue Star Restaurant in Colorado Springs, Nate said something that really stuck with me. “Everyone should be required to spend a few days in Afghanistan. They would really appreciate what we have here in the United States a lot more.”

Our army captain has been deployed 25 of the last 30 months, first to Iraq and then he volunteered for Afghanistan. He enjoys the little things a lot more; like a shower that he doesn’t have to walk 200 meters to, a bed that fits his 6’5” frame, with more than a 2” mattress, no sand or dirt in his coffee. I can only imagine what life was like on his deployments.

Some families have been up against some financial hardships and it calls for tough budgeting to pull through these times, to really draw a hard line between needs and wants. I would like to challenge everyone reading our blog is to mentally go to Afghanistan or Iraq for a moment and think about what your life would be like. When you return from your mental trip, I hope you feel as I did; the appreciation of everything you have, what the United States has to offer, and for the men and women deployed away from friends and family.

Thanks to all the men and women serving in our armed forces; And may every son and daughter serving, return home safely.