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Posted on Mon, Dec 13, 2010 11:34

I posted this last year and wanted to post it again this year. I find that sometimes I/we need a little reminder of things we need to be Thankful for.

Not sure who wrote this or where I got it,, but at this time of year,, I like it !

 
 
The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.

My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.

The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.

In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.

Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the
sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
I crept to the door just to see who was near.

Standing out in the cold and dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.

Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, my wife and my child.

"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!


 




Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"

For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and snow blown drifts..

To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."



"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.

No one had to ask, beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.

My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December,"
Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."

My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',
And now it is my turn so, here I am.

I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.

Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.

I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.

I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.

I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..

We stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time this flag will not fall."

"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."

"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?

It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."

His eyes welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.

To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.

For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."


 


Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is
due to our U.S. service men and women for our being able to celebrate
these festivities.Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of
what we owe. Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and
dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.



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DiCatLV
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Posted on Mon, Dec 27, 2010 07:49

Thank you.  This is lovely.



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Posted on Tue, Dec 14, 2010 10:38

I recently watched a video of audio and stills illustrating this. Very lovely. Thanks so much for posting the words, Ray.


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Posted on Tue, Dec 14, 2010 09:24

Quoting Arizona53:

Most times I think it's sad that Christmas is usually the time when we think of others, when really we should think of them all year long! 

Thanks Ray!



I agree with you. For me personally, I sometimes get so wrapped up in what I'm doing I tend to forget the little things. (not that this is a little thing, but day to day stuff)



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Posted on Tue, Dec 14, 2010 09:22

Quoting SweetMystarry:

This is beautiful. I have seen it before, but now I have a picture that, for me, goes with it. At 17, my daughter decided she wanted to be a Marine. She left for boot camp 2 months after graduation. She is currently training for a MEU. This picture is from just before the ceremony where I got to pin on her Corporal's chevrons.


Sweet,

 

tell her Thanks, we appreciate what she's going ! You must be very proud.



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Posted on Tue, Dec 14, 2010 07:23

There are so many who won't be home for Christmas with their loved ones, this is a nice reminder to remember them. There are quite a few great Christmas card programs set up to send someone in the military a card from you, other organizations you can send small gifts. I read a nice suggestion that to remember and honour those who are away or never coming back, that as you sit around your table to share Christmas with family and friends, light a candle to honour those not able to share in the festivities. Such a simple thing to do!


What is love? Love is feeling comfortable and safe with someone but still getting weak knees when they walk into a room and smile at you. :)

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Posted on Mon, Dec 13, 2010 20:43

Most times I think it's sad that Christmas is usually the time when we think of others, when really we should think of them all year long! 

Thanks Ray!



"The best way to predict the future....Is to create it."

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Posted on Mon, Dec 13, 2010 15:20

..love it...thanks.


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Posted on Mon, Dec 13, 2010 15:15

wow what a poinant story...love it



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Posted on Mon, Dec 13, 2010 13:31

wow!


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