Archive for the ‘Vietnam’ Category

Two Old Goats

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

While college friends and sisters went and backpacked thru Europe when they were young, in 1971 we chose marriage, Vietnam, and family with the prospect of travel to happen when we launched the kids,the dog died, and the house was paid for.  Getting married at 21 & 23 meant we had mucho time to see the world! Wanna see God smile? tell Him your plans.

Though not on our timetable, the travel is happening and most of it is sweet!  The guy I fell for in “67 and married 40 years ago this 22 of May is back in my life and more like his ‘ol self when we are on the road.  We are getting along, defining new roles, really really appreciating this gift of time and travel together.

If I just didn’t miss the grandbabies so!!!!

Omaha Beach

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

You can’t imagine how moving this special location is until you witness it first hand. It is quite a stirring memorial to the thousands of young people who gave their lives on June 6, 1944, and in the ensuing days.  normandycrossesThe photos, testimonies, and mementos of those who served really came alive in the museum presentation and on the field of green that over looks the Omaha Beach.  While 3 of our parents served in this war, they were fortunate to serve in other locals: Barbara in Washington D.C., George in Africa and Brazil, and Joe went to China.  War is different now in so many ways…Steve was in Vietnam…and that was different too.  Unlike most other countries, service in our military is honored; it is not just a job but a commitment.  But the risks are great.  We were taken with the fact that the crosses we saw represented young people who gave up their futures so that others could have one.  And so many loved ones left behind to grow old without them.