And in that I wanted to share my special tribute to one such person. We met Matthew when he was in his late teens. To be honest we did not know where he would end up in life but did not have very high hopes. He had a harsh up bringing and was a pretty moody young man. Him and his sister would come for weekend visits with our College Girl (then High School Girl).
Well one such weekend Matthew was pretty down in the dumps. He really did not wish to return home and to the day to day life he was use too. We asked him to go ahead and stay a week with us. Nothing special, just a week away. We hoped it would give him time to regroup before he returned home. Often that is all one needs to get a second wind on life. And sure enough after a week he returned home. In time we lost track of him, his sister and the group of folks that "High School Girl" was hanging with. That is the way of life.
Then one day a chat popped up on Facebook. It was Matthew. He had found me and wanted to have a chance to talk. I was so happy to hear from him. And it was wonderful to catch up with him. But a wonderful thing happened in the conversation. Matthew started to thank Dear Hubby and I for that one week. It seems that was just what he needed. That one week of what he called 'normal' life (do we really lead a normal life?) helped him start to make plans for his future. And what grand plans they were.
Matthew joined the military. Wow...who would have thought it? He was a trouble young man that pulled his self up by the britches and made a change in his life. A change that required him to dedicate his life and honor to all of us. I am so tickled. Matthew did his tour, went to school and has been working hard every since. He has met the love of his life and married. Even getting a son out of the whole deal. It is a great life. One full of joy. Matthew often talks to me on Facebook now. He shares the day to day events with me. Telling me of his job, antics and a lil of home life. He is a great source of joy. I am thankful for him. I am thankful for his dedication and service. I am thankful for his friendship. But most of all, I am thankful that he felt the desire to serve and followed through on that desire.
Happy Veteran's Day to all those who serve or have served.