No cards to share today but I wanted to post on the meaning of Memorial Day for me this year.
I spoke last week about the field trip that I took with my oldest son’s class. Going to the Vietnam Memorial with children really changes the experience a bit. When I watched how Jacob looked at the names on the wall and was inspired to thank veterans that were there, I was reminded about what it means to serve. When I signed up for the Air Force, I think it was more about adventure and seeing the world….and flying cool planes, of course. It took a while to really understand the rest. I was lucky enough not to serve during years and years of war. I went to regional conflicts (like Bosnia) but these weren’t the quite the same. It isn’t that we didn’t have some risk, but at least as an AF pilot, I wasn’t entrenched in war for years.
When Jacob and I looked at the names on the Wall, we discussed that these were members of someone’s family. A brother, a son, a husband…who didn’t return. I wasn’t sure he could process that but when I look at the pictures he took, I feel like maybe he did.
He is particularly proud of the picture that shows all the names with the Washington Monument in the background. I like the one where he captured us in the reflection of the wall. He told me it was because we were supposed to see ourselves in the names. Hmmm. I think he gets it.
I’ll be back tomorrow with another Artisan card. Until then, I hope your day is safe and wonderful.