Halfway Home

Supporting those who fight for our Flag, Motherhood and Apple PieThis week marks the mid-point of my son’s deployment in Afghanistan.

Next week, we’re on the downhill side.

From the significant to the sublime, there have been a lot of changes while he’s been gone.

Pirates have held Americans hostage; Navy Seals put an end to that nonsense.

Roxana Saberi has been tried and released from an Iranian prison.

Pro-Democracy Prime Minister-elect Aung San Suu Kyi remains a prisoner in her own Burmese home.

The Iranian people have revolted against the nefarious election of Ahmadinejad.

Pork sales dwindled as swine flu crept beyond Mexico.  Pork sales have not returned after the rebranding of swine flu to  H1N1.

General Motors became a government agency.

Super quarterback Brett Favre  became a Minnesota Viking.

Politicians cheat on their wives and on their taxes.

American citizens shake their heads and get back to work.

His mom Twitters – predominantly to follow news from Afghanistan, (twitter.com/USFORA; youtube.com/usfora, too)

His Grandma, 85 years old, is now on Facebook.

His sister is officially engaged with a wedding in the works for January, 2010.

He is now both a Captain and an Uncle – his first nephew was born in May.

There have been a lot of changes, but the changes feel normal; they feel as routine as the sun rising in the east and setting in the west.

And in this routine,  the interruptions by a counter-insurgency half-way around the world are barely noticeable, drowned out by a celebrity culture and the tryanny of a 24/7 news industry that can’t focus on anything substantial for more than 48 seconds.

The military community and some extended family and friends pay attention.

A number of people Twitter, comment on Facebook, write yet another blog.

But the numbers are comparitively small. Simple to disregard. Easy to ignore.

The complexities of  life in our small, flat, crowded world overwhelm people. We freeze. Unsure of what to do, we do nothing.

And in this frozen nothingness state,  Edmund Burke’s  foretelling words haunt us:

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing.

So tomorrow, don’t do nothing. Do something simple, something small.

red-fri-dayWear REDFriday.

Thank a Soldier. Send one a birthday cake, or sign up to adopt one.


Teach your children what the Declaration of Independence means.

Read them at least some of the Bill of Rights.

Get ready to celebrate July 4th, with renewed appreciation for our liberties, our freedoms and our responsibilities to the world.


7 Responses to “Halfway Home”

  1. June 25, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    I can’t thank you enough for this post. My oldest son will be leaving for deployment to Afghanistan in less than 60 days. His brother, for Iraq.

    I, too, will become a military mom that counts down the days, and won’t breathe a full breath until they both return home safely on U.S. soil.

    Edmund Burke’s words are spot on. Those who stand by and do nothing allow evil to prevail, and adding my own, those who intentionally turn the other way are just as guilty as those who commit the crime.

    Next week, we celebrate our Independence Day… not just the 4th of July marked on a calender with a pretty flag and pictures of a cookout, but independence from oppression.

    Patriots from 13 British colonies fought with blood, sweat and sacrifice to become a free nation. THIS is what the United States of America is, and it IS our duty to help those in other nations, who can not help themselves.

    I wonder how many people in this country, 200+ years later, really understand what that means?

    While we blast the frontpage of our news with headlines of fallen pop stars and celebrities, idolizing them like they’re some sort of god, men, women and families willingly go to war and fight for freedom, some paying the ultimate sacrifice.

    Where’s their headline?

    • 2 applepiemom
      June 25, 2009 at 9:34 pm

      You are joining a family of blue star mothers you may never know, but who will be praying with you and for you.
      You will get through it an hour at a time; you will find a new strength that must be Heaven sent. Some days will be good. Some will be awful.
      You will be changed and you will be challenged to be patient with those around you who have no understanding or appreciation for what you’re going through.
      You will expend a lot of energy, trying to appear normal.
      We share the honor and responsibility to bear one anothers’ burdens and hold sacred the memories of those who don’t make it home. We are their headline.

  2. June 28, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Damn fine post and about time someone told it like it is. Thank you for that!

    • 4 applepiemom
      June 28, 2009 at 9:49 am

      thx much for the comment – telling it like it is, straight up is what we need to do, right? The good, the bad and the ugly. Kudos to you for doing the same!

  3. June 28, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share this. I’ve heard so many people commenting on how truly sad it is that our nation values its celebrities more than those who protect the way of life we’ve come to know and love. Such a sad reflection on America these days. Thank goodness we still have good people who serve their county, good people who still have morals and values and good people who know the difference between what is important and what is not. Thanks for being THAT kind of person!

    • 6 applepiemom
      June 28, 2009 at 12:39 pm

      thank you for the support – especially all you do for our troops.
      A few folks on my team at work are thinking through how we want to show more support for our troops/what we want to do.
      We’ll be throwing eMOM in our list of considerations.
      Blessings on you!

  4. 7 Joan Glasper
    July 1, 2009 at 8:41 am

    It is so important that parents take the initiative to teach their children the history of our country’s freedom. To hold up as examples of courage, loyalty, faithfulness, and generosity all the brave men and women who have made this “grand experiment” possible and successful. As parents and grandparents, we are responsible for passing on that legacy and cultivating in our young ones, as you have in yours, gratitude and love of country. All is in the hands of future generations.

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