I had a lesson taught by a small loving act during this Month of the Military Child. A package arrived in the mail from @MilAve_Leanne and when I opened it, I was humbled by what I saw. The art work was a future Monet or Picasso and the words were clearly a Robert Ludlum or Tom Clancy to be.
“I will catch a fast leprechaun on a St Patricks Day. My grandpa and I will fly a fast jet. We will swoop it up with a net. The leprechaun will shout Woo hoo. Grandpa. the leprechaun I will enjoy the ride.”
A school project during the St Patrick’s Day timeframe became a wall hanging memory for this grandpa. Yes, we do influence our children every day of the week. As military parents/grandparents our service to this country can sometimes sound like a “resounding gong or a clanging cymbal”* of negatives with deployments, long hours and typical “job” complaints. Have you told your children what the best parts of the job are? The pride in service, the security of our country, appreciation from our citizens, the health care (well hopefully we keep that one) and how it can become a labor of love and lifestyle?
So this was a special moment for me, as we live some distance from this grandson and yet he remembered what “Grandpa Rocky Road” did for his country. Maybe it was the trip to Wright Patterson AFB and the Air Force Museum, the pictures on the wall, the aircraft models on the book shelves, conversations overheard, mom sharing stories of her childhood or sharing when an airplane or helicopter flew overhead?
I am not sure which, but thank you Christian, your project made my day!
*1 Cor 13:1 “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” NIV