A baby boy, God’s gift to Sandy and me.
He will be traveling in the air, on land and sea.
Hugging him daily ’til he rides out of sight,
Knowing someday he may stand to fight.
His duty has become for right and freedom,
Brings tears to our eyes, he is our son.
Semper Fidelis his motto ever more,
Faithful to God, Country, Family and the Corps
We pray to God each dawn to dusk,
Watch over our son, dear God we trust.
I am curious, not fearful or unafraid. I have delivered babies into this world. I have held the dying until their departure. Life, what is if for? What is it about? Do I know or don't I? Knowledge is elusive and never complete. The more I know, the more I know I don't know.
My boss once asked me if I knew what I was doing. "No sir," was my reply, "but that has never stopped me before." This is one of those valuable lessons my mom taught me. Just because you don't know doesn't mean you shouldn't. I am willing. I am not always able. I have heard that "If it is worth doing, it is worth doing until you get it right." Here am I, send me.
What is there about me that is different than all the rest? Possibly not all that much. I am a soul longing to do more, share more and know more. Born into a body in 1960, my parents raised me and continue to show me. My wife loves me. My children teach me. My friends stand by me. I share in this journey with many others. I am grateful.
I have experienced more than 30 years as a husband, more than 30 years as a dad, and more than 30 years in the fire service. I continue to grow, feel and learn; and too, I diminish, numb, and forget. In honor or disgrace, blame or praise, I am prepared.
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I didn’t realize that Cameron was old enough to do that. He seems to be remembered to be about 15 at most. But God speed Cameron. You have some devoted parents and you will be a real contribution to the service. We wish you the best.
Oh my.. as an Army veteran of the gulf war I recall the mixed pride & pain my parents felt..now my brother is returning from Afghan. and it’s wonderful. Your beautiful boy will stay safe because the love you exude is powerful..
Wow. Thanks for the words of encouragement.