Thursday, April 20, 2006

Giving and Compassionate: Ben


The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become. Charles Du Bos

Ben, you make me so proud. I'll never forget the day you graduated from boot camp at Parris Island. I didn't know if you'd make it because you are more loving and sensitive like Snaggle. You made it through boot camp and surpassed all of my expectations. When you left for Djibouti, Africa I was scared but at the same time, my heart was bursting with pride. You were about to make the ultimate sacrifice for your country.

Through all of this, you were able to keep your loving, sensitive and giving heart. You were always one of the first children to hug me and tell me how much you loved me. Still today, when you are able to come home, you will hug me and tell me how proud you are of my work on the farm and training. You never act like you are better than others or have sacrificed more. I know you have though. I almost feel embarrassed when you tell me you are proud because I don't think I deserve it.

When I think of you, it makes me stronger. I am going to carry you with me when I run my race at White Lake. I bet you were hotter than I'll ever know while you were in Africa. I'm sure you have been more tired than I know when you had to fly night missons. You have probably been dirtier and have sweat more than I will during my race. I'm sure you wished for a glass of cold water in the desert and knew real thirst. Every time I got to talk to while in Africa, you never complained once. Not one time did I ever hear any bitching come out of your mouth. Amazing!

I'm so sorry you won't be in Ohio with us this weekend for your brothers wedding but you will be in my heart. We love you very much Benji! I don't think you'll ever know how proud your Dad and I are of you. Ooh-Rah! Stay strong you little Devil Dog!

21 Comments:

At 9:19 AM, Blogger Jessica A. Freas "Freeze" said...

I will be praying for him. By the way, he is cute!

 
At 9:57 AM, Blogger Jill said...

I would be proud, too. Sounds like a great kid!!

Have to agree with Jessica - there is just something about a man in uniform!!

 
At 12:57 PM, Blogger Miss Jenny said...

Can you be my stepmom please? Mine sure could learn about a million things from you!

 
At 10:31 PM, Blogger tarheeltri said...

Send him an ooh-rah from a former Marine! Semper Fi Ben!

 
At 9:23 AM, Blogger Cagey said...

Ditto to what TarheelTri said.

Semper Fi Ben!

 
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