Her answer makes perfect sense as all around us stores are enticing shoppers with sales on everything from BBQ pits to hot dogs and potato chips to get your backyard party started.
"Actually, Natalie it is a day for remembering and being thankful for the men and woman who have served and protected our country -- especially those who gave their lives for our freedom. Your Dad was a soldier," I explained. (technically, a Marine, but I knew she wouldn't understand the term.)
With deer in the headlight pupils, she responded, "He was?"
"Yes," I answered.
"What do we do? she asked.
"We hug him and love him and be thankful for him," I answered (To myself I included, "but not until after he's helped me spread 50 cubic square feet of mulch in the front yard." wink wink)
In all seriousness I am very thankful for him and all who have served. And, since Steve chose to bear arms during Operation Desert Storm, the only arm I ever needed to raise was my own to answer a question posed by one of my college professors.
In that spirit, I'd like to share one of Steve's favorite quotes
"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather we should thank God that such men lived."
General George S. Patton