Wednesday, June 02, 2010

An Honor

I have posted pictures before with my running buddy, Kristy.  And I have written a post about her youngest daughter

What I didn't tell you was that Kristy was a single mother for a full year while her husband served in Iraq.  He left in May 2009, and recently arrived home, safe and sound.

We didn't see much of them last summer, right after he was deployed.  To be honest, I didn't know her all that well back then.  Just enough to chat with her while her daughter played tee-ball with Middle. 

Then football season started.  Her son was on Eldest's team. 

We grew close.

We started running together. 

Hubby and our neighbor Joe took care of her home maintenance.  And helped her finish their basement as a surprise for her husband.  They did all this without a second's thought.  After all, he was over there.  Fighting.  For us. 

Fall turned to winter.  Winter turned to this spring.

Kristy received her RN degree while her husband was away. 

Our friendship continued.

And finally, FINALLY, her husband returned to his family.

Last Friday night, they came over to our Trenches to visit.  Oren (Kristy's husband) wanted to make sure Hubby and our neighbor Joe would be there because he wanted to give them something.

I figured it was a gift certificate or something.

It wasn't.

Oren was all serious.  He spoke about how he wasn't worried about being overseas.  That he wasn't really concerned about being shot.  He was more concerned about leaving his wife and 3 children behind without him for a year.  And how Hubby and Joe helped to relieve that stress for him.  How he could focus on staying alive because he knew his family was being taken care of back here.  And that there were no words to repay them for easing that burden.

And then he presented each of them with this, showing that he had had a flag flown in each of their honor in Iraq.

Hubby and Joe both welled up with tears, speechless and beyond touched.
This keeps everything in perspective.

22 comments:

Suzanne said...

Wow, that is just lovely.

Scary Mommy said...

That's so amazing. And, yes, keeps everything in perspective. How wonderful for all of you!!

Marie said...

WOW !! That is wonderful. Thanks to Oren for serving !

Classy Fab Sarah said...

Wow, that is SO amazing! I am crying!

Jeannie, Jane, Angel, Mommy, etc.. said...

That is so touching. Such a wonderful thing for him to do for them. Especially when, I am sure, a simple "Thank You" would have been enough.

MissBrightside said...

I am in tears! What a great story :o)

Patois said...

That's just too fabulous.

Suburb Sierra said...

I'm in the Boston office today instead of my home office and the rarely-seen-coworkers are going to wonder why the nutty marketing lady is crying.....

Manic Mommy said...

Wow. Just wow.

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

Wow, what an amazing honor. Thanks so much to Oren for serving, and for your husband for being such a great neighbor and friend.

Jen said...

That is amazing! And yes, totally does give you prespective.

FourJedis said...

It's always such a sweet moment to see how what one person does so naturally (helping her out without second thought) means so much to someone else. What a sweet gesture that your family gave them so much support. Very cool gift he brought back as well. So thankful that he stayed safe and made it back.

Rebecca said...

Amazing...I love it!

amanda said...

wow. just total wow.

marymurtz.com said...

CLASS. ACT.
This post totally rescued my day.

Jenn@ The Crazies said...

Amazing. I ran into Oren the other day and was brought to tears that he is back where he belongs safely. Grateful for his service but glad he is home. You guys are amazing friends. Good Job!

Kim - In Search of Me in Mommy said...

Tears...Tears.

WorkingMom said...

Please pass the tissue box. How wonderful of your husband and Joe, and all of you, to be the support system for this family. My brother is career USN, so our extended family is no stranger to what the deployments are like. Thank you for being that hero's heroes.

Evolving Mommy Catherine said...

I'm teary eyed. What a wonderful gesture of appreciation.

Venassa said...

That is amazing.
I even got a little teary.

sanjeet said...

That's so amazing.
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