Took my little girl to the school today, as we embark on a new year and a new phase in all of our lives. This has been a busy week, and a week borne on change. I am transitioning back into a semi-civilian status, the kids are starting school, I will start back up school next week, and Lacrishia is the glue that is holding us all together.
As I reflect on this day when parents all around us are sending their kids off to school, I reflect on the places I've been and the things I have seen. I am so thankful that we live in a place where we have dedicated people that seek to educate and keep our kids safe. We send our kids out into the world, and have relative assurance of them being in a safe learning environment. There are many places on this earth that this is not normal or true. I have been there and seen them. I have worked and fought and lived in those places for moments that felt like eternity. I know how places like Afghanistan in 2003 didn't have security, or many schools. I have seen the way that this seemingly simple act changes a place and was encouraged in 2012 to see the changes taking place centered around schools.
The heart of the matter is this...take a moment to recognize how truly blessed we are in America. Send your kid off to school, wish them the best, and thank God that we were born into a land where those before us fought, bled, died, and had the inspiration to form such a great place. For all of its shortcomings, I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. Thank you to teachers and volunteers for making our schools great! Thank you to our police, fire, and paramedics for the security that you bring to our lives. Thank you to all of our veterans and current service members for your sacrifice that keeps us free. And thank God for all of our blessings! We are supremely blessed in this land.