Day 1- Tom's Choice and Sheryl Crow

On Day 1 last year, I wrote about someone who I dearly love.  Day 1 this year is devoted to making a donation in honor of some of the people that he loves so dearly. :)  Here's what Tom had to say.

The Marine Corps has always held a special place in my heart and in my family's hearts. My dad served for twenty years and met my mom in the process. My brother, who is currently serving in the Marine Corps, will soon be a helicopter pilot. Working in the defense industry, my livelihood relies on the continued support of the U.S. Military and Marine Corps.

The men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces sacrifice everything to defend our freedoms, and that is something I will never take for granted. Injured Marines and armed services members often face a long and difficult recovery when they return home. The Semper Fi Fund provides immediate financial support for injured Marines and members of the other U.S. Armed Services and their families.

This donation, albeit small, is in honor of my dad, my brother, and all the other members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Donations to this fund are, quite simply, important.  They allow this organization "to alleviate some of the financial pressure from travel, childcare, and lost income that these families face during their loved one’s extensive hospital stay, as well as to assist in a variety of ways during rehabilitation and recovery."  Believing in this mission and helping the Fund to achieve its goal is a way to serve those who preserve our freedom.

In keeping with the military theme, I have been listening to a poignant Sheryl Crow Christmas song on repeat for the past few days.  It makes me feel hot-chocolate-in-front-of-the-fire warm.  It is beautiful and simple and hopeful and heartbreaking and breathtaking.  It is truly lovely to hear a song with lyrics that are meaningful.  These things don't come around as often anymore.  Does that make me sound like an old fuddy duddy?  Don't answer that... I mean it anyway. :)

It seems to me that this song may be of some comfort to military families, if there is any comfort around the holidays.  I think it extends beyond that too.  It makes me think of my grandpa on this first Christmas without him.  I know that this holiday will bring with it a great deal of sadness along with the joy for my family because we have lost our own veteran and hero this year.  However, his home with us was only temporary.   

"Once the angel did appear to say be not afraid
But the angels watching over you is the prayer that I will pray
And as we gather around the tree, and sing those Christmas songs
We'll hear your voice above the fray, until you're safely home."

I think he's safely home now.

 Thank you, Sheryl Crow (and, more importantly, the men and women serving our country), you made my day.


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