05.31.10 Personal

Memorial Day 2010

I
don't know what he's doing right now, but I have a pretty good guess. He's hung the Marine Corp flag under the United States flag out on the porch, later stepping onto the lawn to make sure they look good. He'll lean back admire his handiwork the same way he has for the past 15 years. He'll be wearing his red USMC sweatpants--despite the heat--and be topless. And, no, my dad doesn't care what our neighbors must think. We've asked him.

He'll make breakfast for the family, making note of how his bottle opener plays the USMC anthem, and talk of his days in Vietnam. His memories are scattered, but they're peppered with regret, sadness, and a little nostalgic. Right before breakfast he'll say a prayer for those around the world serving and protecting our country. Later he'll talk about the thing he missed the most while in Vietnam: tortillas.

My dad will remind the family to think of our armed service members and thank their families. And I'll nod in agreement. Because, really, there are thousands of men and women protecting this nation and allowing us to live the way we do. In light of this, if you're a family member to a son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandson or the like, thank you. I appreciate the sacrifices your family is making on behalf of ours.
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Kristen - Truly Touching.  06.07.10 - 4:34pm
Freckles Chick - I've been a lurker, admiring your photography, for a couple yrs now (I mean that in the most uncreepy way possible) but this post resonated so deeply w/ me, I just had to comment. My dad served in Vietnam too & I feel like your post could be about him!! Brought tears to my eyes & pride to my heart. Thank you!  06.04.10 - 3:40pm
Jan - Thanks for this great post!  06.03.10 - 5:20pm
Linda Sherrill - Thanks for remembering those of us who have served!  06.03.10 - 4:11pm
steven antique - Nice blog.. actually its a Day in the life!  06.03.10 - 5:59am
feuza - a post with no pictures sometimes is even better, well said my friend  06.01.10 - 8:52pm
Amber Ketola - Thanks, Jasmine's dad for your service! My husband just got out of the Marine Corps in August and was able to march in the parade yesterday and carry the colors for the USMC. I am so proud of my Marine. Thank you to all who have served! God bless you!  06.01.10 - 8:02pm
amanda thiessen - thank you for the post! we all seem to forget it's not about just a day off..it's a day that our soliders faught and continue to fight for this beautiful country.  06.01.10 - 4:32pm
life with kaishon - So beautifully said. Topless Daddies. Does it get any better? : ) Mine makes me smile so as he jostles around on his lawn mower topless as can be.  06.01.10 - 2:41pm
Rachel - Thank you for remembering those who have served. My husband is currently in the Marine Corps and I know I can never say 'thank you' enough, not only to him but to everyone who has ever had the courage to keep me free and safe here in the US.   06.01.10 - 1:44pm
Christina - THANK YOU! For your post and for your gratitude. My little brother just returned from two years in South Korea serving in the Air Force and I am so thankful to have him home safely. My thoughts and prayers are with all military families... not just on Memorial Day, but every day.  06.01.10 - 11:47am
Alexandra - Jasmine, you write beautifully. Thanks for sharing this with us.   06.01.10 - 1:19am
Diandra - Ack. Jasmine you made me cry. Again. THANK YOU Pancho. Your dad is amazing. I am thankful for him :)  06.01.10 - 12:27am
Lora Ayers - Thanks for this great post! Happy memorial day to you and yours! :)  05.31.10 - 7:13pm
Cathy Crawley - Hello, goosebumps! Happy memorial day to you and your family :)  05.31.10 - 6:00pm
Courtney - This is unbelievably sweet, Jasmine! I thank your father tremendously for his service to this country. Happy Memorial Day! [:  05.31.10 - 4:14pm
Lydia - All gave some, but some gave all.  05.31.10 - 2:13pm
Evie Perez - Aww- thank you Jasmine for this post, and a big THANK YOU to your papi for serving!!! I am honored to be married to a Solider. This post melts my heart like butter and makes me warm like toast!! My husband is leaving for Afghanistan laster this year and I know he is going to miss his tortillas and chile- Lol!!  05.31.10 - 1:58pm
P - Amen!  05.31.10 - 1:14pm
Kimberly - You have a way with reminding us all to stop and think. Thank you!  05.31.10 - 1:05pm
jamie bentley - give your papa a big hug from one Marine family to another! thank you for posting this J!  05.31.10 - 1:04pm
Dorinda - I just visited the Vietnam Memorial in DC with my dad, also a Vietnam Veteran. In raw emotion, it ranks up there with childbirth. My dad's stories are peppered with the same mix of emotions. Give your dad a big thanks for his service in Vietnam from this very grateful lady! We are daughters of REAL American Heroes!  05.31.10 - 12:47pm
angel - God bless your dad. Bless those serving, those who have served and lived to tell about it. Bless the families of those lost while serving. It's such a sacrifice and I really can't wrap my brain around it. On my way to the workshop I saw lots of military fatigues in the Atlanta airport and I think I posted on Facebook about how it choked me up. I hope everyone remembers the reason we celebrate such a holiday. Freedom rocks!  05.31.10 - 12:46pm
Bob Schnell - Couldn't agree more. Sounds a little like my dad, back when he was able to do such things.  05.31.10 - 12:41pm
angel - Bless all who are serving, have served And have died serving our country. It's a sacrifice I have never quite been able to wrap my brain around because I don't have anyone close to me active in the military. God bless your dad!  05.31.10 - 12:39pm
Latasha Haynes - This is incredibly touching Jasmine! Praise God for you dad who served and the millions who serve daily!  05.31.10 - 12:34pm
Vanessa Corral - Hey Jasmine, send a big HURRAH to your Daddy! As a sister of a Marine I know it's just part of their DNA now. :) Thank you to ALL the soldiers for serving our country!!  05.31.10 - 12:25pm
Michelle Cross - This is sweet and makes my heart happy. I wish for one quick second Colton and your dad could hang out and open a hundred bottles with that super fantastic bottle opener. I think they might become bffs for an afternoon and that, too, would make my heart happy.  05.31.10 - 12:24pm
Dani - Thank you, Jasmine! I got teary reading this. We never thought we would be a military family but here we are saying a prayer every night that my little brother comes home safe from wherever he is. Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day!  05.31.10 - 12:07pm
felicia - Just love your stories...I think your next adventure should be a book...you really paint a picture! Happy Memorial Day! God bless all the service men and women.   05.31.10 - 11:48am
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