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“You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means…”

Princess Bride

Dear Mainstream Media (and the general public of Planet Earth):

To quote the wise Inigo Montoya, “You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.”  The word to which I am referring is bravery.  You keep using it in reference to Bruce Jenner.  I admit, it must be confounding and confusing to feel uncomfortable in your own skin (we’ve all been a teenager, so on some minute level we can be empathic).  It must be terrifying to not understand your purpose here on Earth (heck, just browse the aisles of Barnes and Noble and you’ll see the word purpose all over the stacks — it’s a universal issue).

But, to say that this Olympian has exhibited bravery or courage is false.  Some state it better than I.  But, with over 2,500 American casualties from Operation Enduring Freedom (not to mention other countries and other battles), Calabasas,  CA is not the place to be cheering on the brave and courageous.

Bravery is giving up the comforts of a job and home and life to go to a foreign land to protect the rights of people you have never even met.  Being willing to give up your life for others, for the greater good…THAT is bravery.  That is courage.

Bravery

Sincerely,

Sarah

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* Princess Bride photo courtesy of http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/you-keep-using-that-word-i-do-not-think-it-means-what-you-think-it-means .

* Bravery photo courtesy of http://bookandbiscuit.com/2014/05/16/quote-me-on-that-divergent-and-bravery/.

Nine Eleven

I have the luxury of being able to contemplate this day without having to try to remember the face of a loved one which is fading with each passing day. I haven’t lost a loved one in the aftermath of that day on a desert battlefield. I have the luxury of wondering what the best way to commemorate is.

I, like so many of us, have the memory of that day, and where I was on that clear September morning.

Watching those news reports, reading the stories of those lost.  Many of us have done this year after year in the decade since.

This was the first year that I was able to find some comfort in the stories of those people who exemplified heroism and were the picture of an American.  The stores of those who outshine the ugliness and hatred that was trying to win out extinguishes just a bit of the negativity and that is a victory.  The loyalty and love that people feel for our military members is heartwarming.

I most admire those people who can look at a horrendous experience and glean some nugget from it that is hope filled or at least not the ugliest possible view.  As my initial disclaimer announced…I have that luxury.  I’m not saying everyone can do that.  I’m just sharing what I have found in the years since the  day that changed our nation.

Grace under pressure is the phrase that comes to my mind in the time following the events on September 11th and the search for stories of winners since is what I seek out.

What are your thoughts on the media coverage and the ways people have chosen to remember and honor any and all affected by the events of that day?

I have an idea!

For anyone looking for a way to fall in love with your husband all over again, take heart. I just figured it out. Mine just returned from doing one of the most appreciated jobs (at least by me and those closest to me) in Afghanistan. He was there for a bit of time (the actual amount does not matter for this particular ‘recipe’s’ purposes).

And, now, since his return, I have been able watch him interact with our marvelous nearly 4-year-old daughter and I proceed (on a daily basis, mind you) to fall in love with him all over again. He is clearly besotted with her. And the reverse can also be said. He’s a hero for our nation and to his daughter, too (not to mention me).

Now, I know this won’t be for everyone, but it is just an ‘upside’ to something that can sometimes take a toll on families and I wanted to share it with you all.