I Needed a Good Cry
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I just finished watching the ceremony at Andrews where the bodies of four Americans, Old Glory now draped over their caskets, were returned home to our soil. I listened as our President spoke, I heard the National Anthem play, and saw the Marines salute and then return the patriots back to the hearses that would transport them to a final resting place. I thought back to all of the events that have been in the forefront of the news for the past week.
And I wept.
It was cathartic.
Because as an American and a military spouse, this has been a hard week. Honestly, I dreaded turning on the computer and the news every morning. There were many times when I wanted to go on a news strike (and for several hours, I did)… but there are some things that are too important to simply ignore. And this week, I chose not to bury my head in the sand.
So seeing that ceremony just hit me like a ton of bricks… a somber ending to a week that I hope will see some relief by the time we all clock in for another Monday morning.
I wept for those four Americans.
I wept for the thousands of Americans who have died over the past decade.
I wept that because there are thousands of them, they are not all honored with news coverage in that way.
I wept for the thousands of families who have lost someone.
I wept for the good people of those Middle Eastern countries who do not want this kind of violence.
I wept for our country as a whole.
And I wept for the community I hold so dear, the military community.
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