Wow...3rd post this month. Don't worry, this one is going to be short! Just like my attention span....HAHAHA!!! Ok, I thought that was funny. Gimme a break....it's almost 2:00 a.m. and I'm not having a great night.
Had to get a cortisone shot in my foot today and right now, I'm having a hard time relaxing enough to get any sleep. I can feel my pulse in my foot and the cortisone has my brain racing laps right now. I know..."Dude, you're a wimp"!
Well, since I'm up, I want to share something that I've been working on for the last 10 months. I finally finished it today and I could be hurting my arm patting myself on the back right now....because it turned out really nice and I'm hoping that it will be well received by the folks I made it for. But, I wasn't prepared for the feelings it has generated in my heart and head.
Occasionally, I make display pieces for the VETERANS MEMORIAL MUSEUM in Laurel, MS. At one time, I was on the Board of Directors and handled the museum's website. I still do a little work with them, but my involvement has been limited the last couple of years. Last fall, I was contacted by a gentleman who wanted to donate a very important artifact to the VMM. It's taken me WAY too long to get this done, but what I am really about to share is how it's taken me WAY too long to truly learn a very valuable lesson.
If you are interested, I'm going to do a much more extensive post on this in the very near future, but for now, here is a the picture of the display I created...
This is the Silver Star won by PFC Anthony (Tony) Muscarella, USMC during WWII. What makes this young man so special? He was ONLY 14 when he lied and forged papers to join the Marines Corps. He fought in 4 major island battles in the Pacific Theater of Operations, won the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, and two Presidential Citations.
By the way, he did all of this by the age of 17!!! Yup...17 years old!!! When I was 17, I was trying to get a girl to like me long enough that I could kiss her. This man was storming beaches under enemy fire and earning medals. Today, when I was putting the finishing touches on this display, I realized that I STILL didn't respect or appreciate what Tony Muscarella (...and the countless thousands of others) have done for this country!
Tonight, when my foot started hurting, I got up and came to my den and started messing around on my computer. I looked over at this display, just sitting there on the table, and I realized what a wimp I am. I'm sitting here thinking about my aching foot and feeling a bit sorry for myself...and I see this Silver Star and I remember that he also was awarded 2 Purple Hearts for combat wounds. Why am I whining about a sore foot??? He was ONLY 14 when he joined the UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS!!!
There is too little recognition given to those who serve our country and I'm as guilty as anyone of not paying the proper amount of respect to these men and women and to the flag that they have fought and died to protect. A year ago, I had NO clue who Tony Muscarella was or what he had accomplished. Tonight, soon, I hope to go to sleep...but before I do, I will take the time to pray for Tony, and all the men and women...past, present, & future...who wear our nation's uniform.
They deserve EVERYONE'S respect and appreciation!!!
PEACE & LOVE & RESPECT & APPRECIATION
Go hug a vet or someone in uniform and say THANKS...We APPRECIATE YOU!
Husband, father, sinner saved by the Grace of God, old teacher, wood-worker, bad golfer, USM Golden Eagle (forever) and MSU Bulldog lover (It's a daughter thing)