First I would be remiss if I did not say THANK YOU to all those who have and are now serving this great nation in the military.
From President Reagan's first inaugural address:
Under [a] marker lies a young man, Martin Treptow, who left his job in a small town barbershop in 1917 to go France with the famed Rainbow Division. There, on the western front, he was killed trying to carry a message between battalions under heavy artillery fire. We're told that on his body was found a diary. On the flyleaf under the heading "My Pledge," he had written these words: "America must win this war. Therefore I will work, I will save, I will sacrifice, I will endure, I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone." The crisis we are facing today...[requires] our best effort, and our willingness to believe in ourselves and to believe in our capacity to perform great deeds; to believe that together, with God's help, we can and will resolve the problems which now confront us. And, after all, why shouldn't we believe that? We are Americans.
Great words then and words that are even more suited to the world in which we now live.
On a somewhat lighter note we have had a amazing weekend in Greenville and are looking forward to seeing Grand Ma and Grand Pa Edwards tomorrow before the trek back to DC.
The highlights of the weekend:
We got to eat at Wild Wings Cafe on Saturday the eat the traditional lunch. The meal was highlighted by the conversation in the next booth over that could only happen in the South. Two gentlemen were having lunch and from the bits and pieces of the conversation that I could overhear it sounded like they were bankers then came the somewhat jarring climax of the conversation, "Yeah he may be strong but you know what I am redneck strong." Not sure what that means but that is still some good stuff.
Sunday morning we took the kids to the Grenville Zoo and had a wonderful time. Robbie loved everything except the alligator - for some reason he is not crazy about the water exhibits - and particularly loved the giraffes. The then met Grandma Bookie for some sandwich's and went to the park to play.
We hosted friends and family for dinner tonight - great food and amazing company. Robbie was in full show off mode and I mean that in all the best ways.
Tomorrow we are off to Marion to see the Edwards side the family. Looking forward to it.
It has been a wonderful weekend and we have so much to be thankful for.