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Stolen from another site, but worth a look...

Old 12-23-2008, 06:03 AM
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A 15 year old girl put this together. Apparently, she has been able to run the psychological gauntlet mascarding as school here in the states and come out the other side a good kid. Kudos to you, Lizzie!!!


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Old 12-23-2008, 09:43 AM
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Very well done. Something you won't see on local news. The Vets who watch it will understand.

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Old 12-23-2008, 06:56 PM
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Business has been slow, if existent at all. I've been twiddling my thumbs and working on my resume, I will have to close up shop and get a real job if something doesn't break soon. My neighbor drives by my office window, he's making another trip. Mike is a tireless volunteer, if he's not working with the 4H, he's working on the American Legion hall, or helping out at the Marine Corps League. Every time I mention him being an ex-Marine, he reminds me there is no such thing as an "EX"-Marine. Today he was picking up toys for Toys for Tots, something he has been doing for weeks, in fact, for years. Upset that I've been wallowing in self-pity while wondering how I was going to get through the winter instead of doing something useful with my down time, I called Mike's cell phone. He was happy to hear from me and gladly took me up on my offer to give him a hand. Mike picked me up but I couldn't help but feel guilty as I climbed into his pick-up. Who am I to ride in a vehicle with Purple Heart tags? I didn't sacrifice, I didn't sacrifice anything. We made our rounds to many local businesses, picking up the boxes of toys. Mike kept thanking me for the help but my conscience kept eating at me. You see, Mike had taken a bullet in the spine in Vietnam and, even after many surgeries, one three months ago, is unable to lift much. Why is he punishing himself like this? I found myself constantly explaining myself to the storekeepers. When they thanked me for what "WE" were doing, I had to explain that I'm just helping for the day, the guys who need the thank you are the guys who have been doing this all year and that I never even served in the military, I felt so unworthy. After a couple hours of picking up boxes, we went to the hall to drop them off. Here is where I learned what really matters. AT 49, I was by far the youngest one there and the only one without a limp or a cane. Why is it that those who have already given so much are the ones that keep giving? All the sudden I realized how petty my problems are. There are heros today serving this country thousands of miles from home, people who will not see their kids, their moms and dads, their spouses this holiday season. Some won't be coming home at all. Somehow I have a feeling that those who do come home will be the ones that, for the rest of their lives, will continue to give. They will be the ones collecting toys and feeding the homeless and coaching little league. The ones who continue to set the example for the rest of us. Thank you for what you do, thank you that my son and daughter do not have to leave the comfort of their home to protect our freedom. Thank you all very much.

God Bless you all and have a great and safe Christmas.
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Old 12-24-2008, 12:58 PM
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Freedom is anything but free. God bless all of those who are helping to keep us free.
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Old 12-24-2008, 02:40 PM
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I remember this from last year. It's good to see it again, good timing.

Merry Christmas!
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