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On Saturday night, Jess and I decided to forgo our regular date night. Instead, we, along with Katie and Brooke, traveled an hour and a half away to a attend a party for a man we had never met or spoken to. No, this was not a family obligation. This party was to celebrate the safe return of the husband of a blogiverse friend of my wife. He had spent the past year serving in Afghanistan. Jess’ friend had no idea we were coming. She had no reason to expect us to come. In fact, she and Jess hardly know each other (they had never met or spoken to each other), but to a degree, that wasn’t the point.
This family is an ordinary family like yours or mine. Like mine, they have two children. Like mine, they have a daughter on the Autism Spectrum. UNLIKE my family, they made it through this last year with one parent serving our country in Afghanistan. Sergeant Major William is a proud member of the National Guard. He is an ordinary guy doing the extraordinary. I am extremely grateful for what the Sergeant Major does. I am always floored by the men and women who are willing to put their lives on the line for me. Because of Sergeant Major William, and the rest of the members of our armed forces, I get to do what I do. I get to be a stay-at-home-dad. I get to run marathons. I get to write this silly, little blog. No matter where you stand on the political spectrum, I think it is important to show gratitude and respect for our soldiers. They are heroes.
But I don’t view Sergeant Major William as the only hero in his family. His wife Rachel, along with many of our servicemen’s spouses, have spent the last year home, alone, going to bed every night wondering if their soldier is going to be okay. Add raising a child on the spectrum and the pressure mounts. I believe Rachel, and spouses like her, deserve recognition for the sacrifices they make so that we can send our soldiers overseas, so that we can do what we do, whether it be running marathons or vegging on the couch or whatever the heart desires.
For a more in-depth description of the party, please check out Jess’ blog post —>HERE<—.
We have Veterans’ Day every year in November. I propose we take today, December 8th, to thank the Rachel’s, Jeneil’s, and every other military spouse who hold the hearts of our soldiers – a Veterans’ Spouse’s Day.
What does this have to do with running? Nothing…and everything.