By Boot Girl Myra
Just a few short days ago my husband and I celebrated 22 years of marriage. I told him if there was a place to register for 22 more, to sign me up! As the years go by and our children are moving closer to the door of opportunity without us, I’m reminded of the value in taking stock in anniversaries of any kind. Looking back, as I’ve often said, helps pave the way to go forward.
I look back on our wedding day and realize that no amount of heat can keep young love at bay. We were married on August 26, 1989 in Tempe, Arizona. It was 114 degrees that day and we had our pictures taken outdoors at 5 in the afternoon. Most of our photos have the iconic Big-Gulp soda in them somewhere; it was after all, hot as blazes. We’ve had our share of ups and downs like everyone does, and I’ve learned when he begins a sentence with the word “dear” he’s about to tell me something that isn’t pleasant. It’s like prefacing bad news with “dear, I’m about to tell you something you may not like, but know I’m calling you dear, because no matter the outcome, I still like you, heck, I still love you”. Not long ago, at a friend’s funeral, when the Pastor asked the surviving husband how long he and his wife had been married before she died, he replied 58 years. The pastor’s response was the same thing you just thought, “WOW that’s a long time”. But his response was “it wasn’t long enough”.
You might be sitting there on the cusp of the 10th Anniversary of September 11 wondering “is it possible that it’s been that long already?” It’s been long enough that a generation of children are grown up, and seeing the world through different eyes. In the next few weeks some guest writers will recount their September 11, 2001 experience. You’ll hear some amazing perspectives and probably want to take note of how the last 10 years has changed you and your family.
If you looked back 2 years ago into the lives of the Boot Girls you’d see them crafting a clever plan for civilians to support men and women who work to protect our nation, while in harm’s way, at-will for practically nothing. As we approach the 2nd Anniversary of the Boot Campaign, we want to thank the thousands of people who have demonstrated their appreciation for our military by getting their boots ON. If you need a little encouragement to get through a tough time, you might want to look at their personal diary of the journey. It is remarkable to look back and see that those humble beginnings created an avenue to raise over $350,000 to support wounded military to date.
Whether it’s looking back at an enormous loss, or celebrating accomplishments, those moments provide us with the determination to move ahead with the hope of a brighter future. It takes working together though; whether in marriage, overcoming a tragedy or starting a grass-roots military support initiative. We’d love to hear your stories as they are a powerful tool in the shaping of all our futures!