Last year, I shared my appreciation for all veterans--but especially my husband. At the time, he was halfway around the world in Djibouti for work. I'm so glad that he's here with me and Ella this time around.
I realize that unlike Mother's Day or Father's Day or Administrative Assistant's Day, you don't necessarily give any gifts to veterans on a day like today. The typical mode of operation is simply to thank them and recognize their selfless contribution to our country. But I can't help but think that I was able to give him the gift that he always wanted--he now has Ella. I look forward to explaining to her that her daddy is a brave and honorable officer in the US Army.
Today's blessing was that my big, strong veteran showed his soft side and stayed home with Ella so that I could go into town and have lunch with my friend. It was the first time that I had truly been completely alone (beyond going to the bathroom) since that afternoon in the hospital. Sure, I missed each of them in their own special way, but I know that it was healthy to take some time for just myself. Aside from a diaper blowout, they did just fine without me.