30 Days of Author Gratitude: Military

This is written out of Author gratitude, teacher gratitude, American gratitude, just basic human gratitude...and is something that cannot be expressed enough.

My whole life I have been grateful for and enamored with the military -- our country's truest and more tireless heroes. I am in awe of what they do on a daily basis to protect our perfectly imperfect country. We don't do enough for them while they serve and we certainly don't do enough for them when they return home.

Part of the blessing in teaching adult learners is that many of them are current or former military, and so I feel as though, I am, in some small way, giving back to those who give so much.

I am grateful to those who serve to protect this flawed and imperfect land I call home.

I am grateful they serve to protect my rights as well as the rights of those Americans I don't agree with...those people who get offended by silly things like red cups...I am grateful that the military protects us all...protects our homes from people who don't think like us...don't like what we stand for...don't value people the way we do. I hate war and violence in general, but I support our military without question or hesitation...and I am eternally grateful they choose to do what they do and am humbled every time they say "it's my job." The worst day of teaching never even comes close to the challenges they face.

I am grateful for Veteran's Day -- to remind us to say THANK YOU once in a while (I am also saddened that we actually need the reminder).

Thank you, Military. Thank you for all you do. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.