Thursday, May 12, 2005

A Soldier and His Cat

The morning after Sprout came home, I peeked into his room and found him sound asleep in his comfortable bed, with the cat coiled up in the crook of his body as though he had been there all the time. The cat is glad to have him home too I guess. It's good to be doing plain old normal stuff with Sprout. Tonight it was a T-ball game. Big brother's son sure had fun showing off for Uncle Sprout.

My sister lives next door and she told me that while I was at work, she and Sprout sat on her porch talking, when a neighbor (I don't even know) from the end of the street drove past. Sprout was in his battle fatigues because he had just finished doing Hometown Recruiting for the day and the neighbor drove by a second time, slowing down in front of the house. He stopped the car and called out "hey soldier". Sprout answered "yes sir?" and the man said "thanks for your service" and waved and drove off.

It does my heart good when people do that.


Some Soldier's Mom said...

Our son's dogs never leave his side whenever he's home... and our son can't get enough of them... or the cats that insist in sleeping ON him. I think the guys get as much from the pets as the pets do... BECAUSE it's "normal" stuff.

I agree about how good it is that people stop to recognize the soldiers for their service... last year when we were traveling with our son in uniform through a busy airport, many people stopped to shake his hand and thank him, and lots of veterans snapped off salutes...

and a few weeks ago I was driving in Albuquerque and a man pulled up next to my car... He said, "I couldn't help but notice your car magnet (it's a yellow ribbon that says "My Son Proudly Serving OIF III 2005"). Well I just wanted to tell you that we'll keep him in our prayers. Please thank him for us." It was all I could do not to cry.

Since I can't hug my own at the moment, can you give a, extra hug to yours for me? I'll feel better. (oh, and thanks for the snappy comment on the Sgt. T post -- gave me a smile!)

Call Me Grandma said...

You tell that soldier of yours, that Cathy, Spc. Dan's mom, says thank you for serving his country. I'll keep him in my daily prayers. God Bless you and yours. All of us moms need to stick together. I get so much strength just knowing I am not alone.