#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Our Veterans and Active Duty Personnel

Although yesterday was Veteran’s Day, many of us are observing the occasion today.  To me, this is one of the most important “holidays” in the year–a chance to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to all the brave men and women, past and present, who have preserved our rights, often with their own blood, sweat, toil and tears.  Each soldier sacrifices so much–time with children and wives and husbands, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, friends.  They miss Christmases and Thanksgivings, birthdays and weddings and funerals–mainly so the rest of us can be present for such occasions.  So, whenever you see a soldier, tell them thanks.  If you’re in a position to do so, pick up their check in restaurants, or pay for their coffee if they’re behind you in a line at Starbucks.  It’s the least we can do.

That said, on to describing my weekend.  It was a lively one.

On Saturday morning, Jeremy and Wendy picked me up, and we headed out to meet Wendy’s Aunt Karen for lunch, with plans to visit Costco afterward.  (There was a method to my madness; I wanted help carrying in all that stuff.  :))  Before we got there, though, we saw a car hit a man on a bicycle–thank heaven Jeremy was driving and reacted quickly, because the whole thing could have been a lot worse than it was.  We called 911 and are all hoping for the best; the man was up and walking around, but I think he was definitely in shock.  I know I was!  My nerves were pretty jangled for the rest of the day.  That sound, and the image of the cyclist rolling off the hood of the car will be with me for a long time.

After lunch with Karen, we went on to Costco, despite warnings that the place would be a ZOO on a Saturday afternoon, especially with Thanksgiving approaching.  Undaunted, we forged ahead–but not before I completely lost it while we were waiting (forever) for a woman to pull out of a parking space.  I said nothing to the woman, but I used a few choice words, being tired and impatient.  I soon regretted it, and prayed for forgiveness.  Confrontation or none, I believe words have actual power–that they go out there into the world and DO things, for better or for worse.  And I certainly didn’t want my cranky words doing damage–I’m a believer in putting positive things out there, loving words, gentle words, encouraging words.  While I have no doubt that God forgave me, I wonder if outbursts can be called back or undone.  Maybe not.  And that’s a sobering thought, isn’t it?

Oh, and P.S., my cousin Mary Ann was right.  Costco WAS a zoo.

:) We live, we learn.  Hopefully.

14 comments to “Our Veterans and Active Duty Personnel”

  1. Ruth Butler
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      · November 12th, 2012 at 2:25 pm · Link

    Thanks so much. My uncles, DAD, 3 of my aunts all served. I miss them like crazy. We only have 1 of our families’ Greatest Generation left. They were my guides, my disciplinarians, and my leaders. Now our newest generation are regarding this as a chance to serve, gain an education, and build lifelong commitments. Have you heard of THE MISSION CONTINUES with frmr Seal Eric Greitens? Awesome. 8) Have a great day.



  2. Lois Rotella
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      · November 12th, 2012 at 2:43 pm · Link

    I also want to thank all the servicemen and women who are serving and whom has served. My Dad and Uncles all served in the military. some during World War II and in peace. My Brother and his son also served. :-P



  3. sam
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      · November 12th, 2012 at 3:04 pm · Link

    Linda, you always find the right words at the right time :) A big thank-you to all veterans, service men and women.



    • Judy
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        · November 12th, 2012 at 3:25 pm · Link

      The last time we went to Costco in Spokane it was a zoo. I thought we’d never get checked out. I dread the driving in Spokane, the drivers aren’t always polite. :wink:



  4. Anne Little
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      · November 12th, 2012 at 4:52 pm · Link

    Thank you to all that have served or have served, and
    Thank you Linda for your words on behalf of my son Stephen who serves with the Missouri National Guard. Deployment is hard but necessary at times, thankfully he is stateside.

    Just thinking about this makes me miss him and his brothers. I celebrate their lives, jobs and families, and independence but sometimes this empty nest phase in life really sucks.

    I can totally relate on the driving and accident stress. Also the crowded stores. Yuk! I like to shop mornings and midweek to avoid the crowds and heavy traffic. It doesn’t always work out that way but it certainly helps to keep the stress level down.



  5. Sal
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      · November 12th, 2012 at 5:11 pm · Link

    Love finding your thoughts, words and encouragement here. You are a blessing. :)



  6. Juanita Rice
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      · November 12th, 2012 at 5:48 pm · Link

    Yes, indeed, Costco is a zoo on Saturday mornings! :)

    Certainly do agree with you about the outbursts of impatience. I’m sure we can all improve in that area.

    My husband is an Air Force veteran so we have been celebrating for two days. He always appreciates the “thank you’s”.



  7. Gloria
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      · November 12th, 2012 at 5:53 pm · Link

    Linda, I had 4 uncles on my Mama’s side and 3 on my Daddy’s side of the family to serve in WW2. And, many cousins who’ve served since then, in other wars and conflicts.

    Two of my brothers were in the Reserves, but the youngest one went on to serve in the Army.

    My oldest son served our country for 15 years and was in every war and conflict during that time. After serving 13 months in Iraq, he came home and was diagnosed with Leulemia, which was caused from chemicals. He was an ammuntion’s specialest.

    He fought for 18 months, but lost his battle 6 years ago on October18th. I still miss him every day. He left 3 children, a wife, brother, grandmother, and mother. When you see a serviceman, whether he’s in uniform, or not, please show him the respect he or she deserves.

    As for your thoughts on…if outbursts can be called back or undone…I read many years ago that words are like rocks being thrown, once they are thrown, you cannot bring them back, but with words, you can, as you did, ask for forgiveness, and it is given. But, as the rock hits the target and leaves a bruise, so do words, whether heard, or not, they leave a briuse on your own soul and heart. I’ve often apologized to people who never knew I did, or why. It has helped me to watch myself in the future.

    I’d also like to say that not many people would have the nerve to admit their sin to a lot of people who’d never have known if you hadn’t confessed. That takes courage.

    Keep being real, Linda!



  8. Sue Nordhausen
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      · November 12th, 2012 at 7:25 pm · Link

    I want to tell you first and formost that I have read about 80% of your books. You are my favorite author. I come from a rodeo back ground and so when something comes up about rodeo, etc. I usually know when there is a blatent mistake. I am almost through with your 2nd book Sky Mountain. The one about Hutch and Kendra. The comment I have to make is the one where Hutch, one of the winners of the bull riding even though he only rides once a year! Really??? Also the big one I have a comment about is when Hutch finished riding his bull the pickup man rode up and got him off the back of the bull!!! Never in a million rodeos have I ever seen that happen! Pickup men and their horses would be put in a bad spot. Bareback and saddle bronc, yes, but not ever bullriding. Like I said, you are my favorite author, but mistakes like this (with your back groung) shouldn’t be. Hope to see you at the NFR in December. :oops:



    • Juanita Rice
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        · November 12th, 2012 at 9:35 pm · Link

      Poor Linda! We took her to task about this some time ago and she was so gracious about letting us have our fun with it. :)

      It is within the realm of realism that a cowboy could ride bulls once a year…local rodeo, baby bulls…but it was not within those realms to have Hutch picked off a bull of any age by a pickup man! We couldn’t let that one go. :>) I doubt that book will ever be printed again with the same error. ;)



    • GEL
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        · November 13th, 2012 at 5:20 pm · Link

      WITH BACK GROUNG???? FINE WAY TO POINT SOMEONES MISTAKES. POINT WELL TAKEN…



  9. Sue Nordhausen
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      · November 12th, 2012 at 7:27 pm · Link

    I want to tell you first and formost that I have read about 80% of your books. You are my favorite author. I come from a rodeo back ground and so when something comes up about rodeo, etc. I usually know when there is a blatent mistake. I am almost through with your 2nd book Sky Mountain. The one about Hutch and Kendra. The comment I have to make is the one where Hutch, one of the winners of the bull riding even though he only rides once a year! Really??? Also the big one I have a comment about is when Hutch finished riding his bull the pickup man rode up and got him off the back of the bull!!! Never in a million rodeos have I ever seen that happen! Pickup men and their horses would be put in a bad spot. Bareback and saddle bronc, yes, but not ever bullriding. Like I said, you are my favorite author, but mistakes like this (with your back ground) shouldn’t be. Hope to see you at the NFR in December. :oops: I’ll be the one with boots on!



  10. Hilda
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      · November 13th, 2012 at 11:35 am · Link

    Linda, I have a huge THANK YOU to say to U.S. and Canadian servicemen. They kept my parents safe and facilitated their freedom by beating back the Nazis in WWII. If not for the US and Canada, I’d never have been here. My parents emmigrated to the U.S. when I was a toddler in 1956 and have never hidden the fact that they are grateful to this country for their sacrifices in WWII in Holland. As Americans, we should also be grateful there are no military conflicts on our own soil. Thanks for the great blog (yesterday)!



    • Gloria
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        · November 13th, 2012 at 4:51 pm · Link

      Hilda, you have that down to a T. There are so many Service men and women to thank for our freedom, not only for the people who came here for a better life, but the ones of us who were here all along.

      Congratulations to Sam on the arrival of a healthy nephew!!



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