Great sentiments, H. Many of us do share your thoughts, and don't articulate them often enough to those responsible for keeping us save. I do feel, with Thanksgiving Day coming so soon after Veterans' Day, and having to many incidents of late to show us how much we benefit from our good police officers also in the line-up of those keeping us safe, that maybe we are a little quicker to recognize and offer some prayers for, all those who work so hard and give so much to keep us safe.
Emphasizing this for me is that a cousin recently got to travel to Alaska and Washington to visit two of her sons and their families who have served in the military for a few years. She has never travelled much and those super sized mountains were pretty frightening for that little 'flat-land' gal! But the little grand-babies to hold, as well as seeing their parents, helped her 'woman up' and handle all the sights!
And just this morning, we entertained some friends for a few minutes as they were passing by our place. One of them is a young man going into service after being accepted into one of our service academy's. It helps me feel more secure in this too often frightening and truly awful world, with too many evil forces determined to prevail over the forces for good, to know there are many really bright young minds on 'our side'!
And, rancherfred, I know how hard it is to lose someone to cancer. It happens too often. I have multiple friends fighting it right now, and have done so myself twice now. We seem to win more often, then a bunch more have it to do, seems to be the pattern in this area. The memories of life lived well have to sustain us and they do as we share them with family and friends, but it is so hard at the time. Reminds us of ranching in arid locations, I guess; it's good "next year country".......and there is the hope for a "next life" to sustain us when we lose loved family and friends.