By Boot Girl Myra
Lately I’ve been keenly interested in how others celebrate milestones. This may be due to some record ones coming up in my family in the next six months. My parents celebrate 60 years of marriage at Thanksgiving. And my husband will celebrate a stellar birthday in 2013. I’m still trying to figure out how to top the last decade party we threw for him; which was totally nerdy and fun just like him. Speaking of birthdays, one of our fans is celebrating a milestone with a very creative and apropos adventure in mind and agreed to send us updates each month along the way.
After witnessing a wounded veteran receiving a mortgage free home at one of our recent events, Michelle Soza realized her freedom cost others something. For her birthday this month her mom gave her a pair of our signature combat boots. She decided to spend her last year of her 20’s with the mission to wear boots every day. She knows the project will bring a new perspective about life and liberty as she approaches her next milestone on October 24, 2013. We will check in with her each month as she journals her experiences. And to get things started, here are Michelle’s first posts from this week.
October 20th: My year in Boots starts October 24, 2012. As I sit here and look at my boots I realize that for so many of our fighting men and women boots just like these are the very last pair of shoes they will ever wear. Every morning they wake up in whatever part of the world they have been asked to go and step into their boots to fight for freedom and the American way. Today in their boots will see and experience things that many of us cannot even begin to imagine. They do this because it is right and necessary. We as Americans have been given so much, and these men and women ensure that we can continue to thrive and enjoy the freedoms so many of us take for granted. Putting on my boots is a way to say “thank you” to our soldiers and their families. Wearing the boots shows that I appreciate all that they do for us and the sacrifices they make.
October 24th: Well, I am just a few hours into day one of the year in boots, and already it is generating interest. I talked about it in my online class and was contacted by a fellow student who just happens to be an intern at the Veterans home in Chula Vista. They shared the Boot Campaign website and the “programs we support “page on their Facebook!
As you can see, Michelle’s year in boots is off to an interesting, exciting, and unexpected start! Perhaps you have an upcoming milestone where boots may be just the thing to bring fresh perspective and let us know what you’re up to!