on Veterans’ Day …

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Today marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Heads of state from around the world met in Paris to honor and mark the veterans who fought, survived … and the thousands who didn’t.

Daddy told this story of his attempt to join the army in World War I : Off he arrived at an army center, to enlist – only to be turned away! Not because of  race or any physical disability. He was just plain too young!

At the start of the war, when (I think) he tried to enlist, he was just 12 or 13 years old! Apparently, after asking him a few questions, the Army established his birth year,  deciding  he was born in 1901… He was sent off with these words: “Come back when you are old enough.”

And that he did,  My father, Captain François, was a proud member of the United States Army, serving stateside during World War II and remaining in the US Army Reserves til his death, 34 years ago.

I am so grateful for his service, all who served and  currently serve to make life better for us all. Peace.

TGIF

IMG_5869Thinking: Soon all the leaves will have fallen and the trees will be bare. Colder temps are at hand; days, shorter; nights, longer.  Last year we had very c-o-l-d temperatures; more of the same? Looking back, I attended a baby shower for Elias, right before Veteran’s Day. Little did we know then that he was going to join us two months ahead of schedule.

Grateful: On the 27th of this month, Elias celebrates his first birthday. Amazing! He’s almost standing by himself so I expect he’ll be ambling around any day now! We are eternally grateful that both he and his mom are well. Life is good!

Inspiration: Norman and I were trying to decide when the “holiday  shopping season,” would begin. I think it already has – which reminds me that I’ve a storage room in the basement to clear out … so we can get to the holiday decorations. I think we may need a new tree.

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Fun: The boys: Chris (4) and Elias  (11 months) went “trick or treating” – their first – at a local retail mall. Chris enjoyed the experience; Elias, the cookie! Dolly plans to make a gingerbread house with big brother Chris. I think I’ll join in the fun, too, having never made one. Perhaps I’ll have them come here. And maybe we’ll make ornaments and an Advent Calendar for Chris; he’d like that! I’m full of ideas and memories. We – my mom and I – had an ornament -making party for Dolly when she was just about 5 – 27 years ago. She remembers and so do I!

Norman appreciated all the birthday wishes. He had just the day that he wanted: quiet and peaceful. And I concur. We are both grateful for every moment his day brought and look forward to more gratitude -filled moments and days. Peace and…

Cheers~