By Boot Girl Myra
“Sole” food. It provides a sense of comfort in unbearable moments, and a spray of confetti on a cheerful day.
You could say that the last week has been unbearable globally. Two catastrophic natural disasters topped off with a nuclear fall-out disaster; all of which are in one concentrated area of Japan. The concern over the nuclear outcome was great enough to relocate the US Navy’s 7th Fleet. Even so, US troops provide a continued relief effort to the hundreds of thousands of people displaced and homeless.
Then there’s Libya. At this very moment over 400 American Service men and women are on assignment protecting a No-Fly Zone around that North African country. Though the Arab nations asked us to help them to intervene, it’s the US military that provides most of the physical support in equipment, know-how and organization. The news wires are reporting the US began first-strikes this afternoon as coalition forces work to protect Libyans asking the world to help them with some basic human rights.
Can you imagine not having basic human rights? Like the right to demonstrate without being fired upon by your own government, or sent to prison or worse? In a review of the current situation today Hillary Clinton stated: “We have every reason to fear that left unchecked, Qaddafi will commit unspeakable atrocities.”
Not long ago I overheard a woman telling her friend the reason she loves wearing her boots is because she felt safe when she wore them. She remembers we have a remarkable military that is called upon by many nations for assistance when in trouble. That thought alone brings her immense comfort. Another gal stated that when she put boots ON, there were a million little voices saying “I’ve got your back”, as she laced up. What comfort comes from the soles of boots!
Boots are also sole food ripe for celebration. They declare thankful support in manifold and generous ways to our troops. Rayvyn Carney, of Arlington High School not only took her “soles” to the DFW airport but she made Boot Campaign t-shirts for her classmates to wear as they thanked a plane-load of troops in from Iraq.
Sarah Cranford told the Boot Girls: “for my 20th birthday in July, I am hosting a fundraiser/birthday party. I am inviting all I know to my house to enjoy a bon fire and food, only catch is they have to wear something they bought directly from the Boot Campaign website! “ Fresh from adolescence, its customary for 20 year olds to desire parties, cash and bling for their birthday not donations to a charity that benefits wounded military. Sarah concluded, “I want to see how many people can actually help out those that have helped them in more ways than they can even imagine!!”
Whether you’ve had an unbearable week, or you have cause for celebration, putting your Boots On will be the perfect sole food for your worries and pleasures. All that while giving a big thumbs up to our troops who are working multiple and dangerous operations this very moment.