Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A Blanket of Safety

I know I’m late getting in on the death of Osama Bin Laden, but I felt I must share my thoughts. 
Because I’m 46 and easily tired, I was in bed asleep a good amount of time when our President took to the airwaves to make his announcement. However, I have grown kids living out in the world who don’t seem to need as much sleep as I do (and live in different time zones) so I was awakened by three text messages and a phone call. I immediately turned the bedroom TV on so we could watch. I must admit, in my sleep induced fog, I doubted the information coming over the cell phone.
But there it was, President Obama telling the great news that this crazy man of terror had finally been stopped.
I realize that Bin Laden’s role in the terrorist world was probably mostly symbolic the last few years given the fact he was fleeing justice and had limited mobility. Even so, that symbol needed to be removed. If nothing else, it’s symbolic to the American people who will never forget the atrocious attacks on September 11, 2001. We needed to see that evil character fall.  I’m not the kind of person who wishes death on someone freely, but I will admit, it felt good to know that he is dead and won’t be served three squares a day in a comfortable cell for the next several years while he awaits trial. Let the sharks feed on him.
After letting the news settle in the following day, I backtracked to my weekend. I realized that while Nick and I were enjoying an absolutely beautiful, sunny New England weekend, our military heroes overseas were gearing up for an incredible mission. While we walked along the beach and enjoyed salty air and the sounds of sea gulls, they turned on the adrenaline and set out to accomplish this daunting mission.  I have to admit, I never once questioned my safety while walking in the sunshine. I never wondered if I would make it home alive. I didn’t doubt for a second that my security was in tact. All because brave military members have volunteered to do the dirty work and keep a blanket of safety over me and mine.
A big Hooah and thank you to rock star military members who carried out this mission. I will continue to sleep soundly here in the United States without fear.


JG said...

Good word.

Jane said...

You were able to articulate what I could not. Beautifully written Paula. Thank you.

My Army Life said...

Love how you expressed your thoughts so well. Thanks for sharing this!

Mindee@ourfrontdoor said...

Great post Paula. I love your perspective on this.

Momma Lew said...

Great blog post Paula! Couldn't agree with you more!!

Debbie said...

I appreciate our brave military every day!

Quiltingranny said...

A true victory for all of us. Wonderful post!