By now, we have all seen a bunch of these videos.
They play them on the news, they pop up on our Facebook feeds, they are, basically, everywhere.
Yet, they never get old, huh?
Each time I see another recently deployed military mom or dad sneaking up behind their kids on the first base line at a ballgame, or entering a room where their unsuspecting children are expecting something else, something way way different and not nearly as great, I lose my cool and end up biting my damn lip real hard.
If there’s one thing that has united our country over the past 20 years or so, I’d have to say that it’s the fact that all of us, Republicans and Democrats, black/white/brown/yellow/pink/red/whatever, we all support the men and women who serve our country by leaving their families behind for long stretches at a time, in order to serve.
And I like that. I like the fact that what happened back during the ’60’s, when soldiers were often treated with disrespect upon returning home, that those dark days are behind us now. Because no matter what defines us politically, there is no longer any question that servicemen and women are amongst the hardest-working, self-sacrificing people we will ever know.
So, in my mind, this recent barrage of viral videos all deserve to be seen, not just because they are something good, something genuine and comforting during tumultuous times, but also because they are a real tribute to the very thing that American soldiers set out to protect. Their families. Their kids.
Here then is one from earlier this summer. I’m sharing it with you now because I just happened to see it today and it lit up my day and made me stare hard at my laptop screen while I did my best to keep from getting all choked up out here in my garage, outside my house, in the middle of my town, in the U.S. of A.
This mom get kudos for her inventiveness.
I love the looks on the kids mugs when they think they’re getting a charcoal grill.
It’s all just chock full of stuff we need a lot more of, today, tomorrow, and forever.
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