An amazing young woman named Tabitha wrote on the Sparkup Magical Book Reader FB page: “I am so glad I found out about your product on the Today show before Christmas! I am about to leave on an 8 month deployment and I have 3 and 4 year old boys. They are going to love being able to still have me read to them! Please get the word out about this product to more military families – it is perfect.”
Can you believe it? She is about to leave her two young sons and still finds the time to write a recommendation for others to enjoy. Well I have to say, I’m not surprised. This is exactly what characterizes the brave men and women who dedicate their lives for others.
This May is National Military Appreciation Month. I would like to dedicate this post to all the remarkable human beings who choose to spend their days and nights protecting our freedom, and to thank them for their unwavering efforts.
In our everyday lives, we often don’t stop and think about these people enough–these men and women, these parents, these uncles and aunts, these brothers and sisters. Their families are our families. So here are some of things for which I’m appreciative today.
I would like to thank you, military men and women, because today I got to wake up in my bed as a free woman.
I got to walk to my two-year old son’s room, and see him smile at me.
I got to brush my teeth and comb my hair, and I got to choose what hair style to wear.
Today was hot and I got to wear a sleeveless shirt, I got to go outside.
I got to drive my son to school and kiss him and my husband in the street, out in the open.
I got to go to work and doing the things I love.
I got to go buy food with the money I earned as a woman.
I got to pick up my son from school and see him smile at me again.
I got to drive my car while listening to the music I love.
I got to play with my son.
I got to sit down with my family and eat dinner.
And now I get to write this post, to express what I feel and speak my mind freely.
Oh, and I forgot to mention, all day today I was never once scared, not for myself nor for my family. I got to feel safe. All of the things I was able to do today are thanks to the brave men and women who are protecting us every single day. These extraordinary people didn’t get to do all the things I did today; they didn’t do them so I could. And I’m so thankful for that.
So today, I’m using this post to send out my appreciation and my prayers to all of the military men and women. I’m also sending out hugs to all of their kids, wives, husbands, parents, nephews who are at home, feeling safe, waiting for their heroes to return. May God bless you all.
About The writer
Rachel Osnat Shlain is a Parent Educator & Sleep consultant. Her training includes an MA in Early Education and Development from the University of Haifa, Israel. Rachel is also a certified sleep consultant. She has been working with parents for over 6 years and with children for over a decade. Rachel recently began consulting with Sparkup – The Magical Book Reader. Her goal is to help parents find sensitive practical ways to improve everyday life with young children.