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Memorial Day 2018

Published May 29, 2018 by lynn k scott

As has been our tradition for the last six years, we stopped at a local cemetery and paid our respects to those who served our country.  Even though we have finished school for this year, it’s important my daughter know why Memorial Day exists.

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She asked me, “will I do this when I have a daughter?”  I told her, I hope she continues this tradition with all her children.  It’s so important to honor those who kept us free.  She selected her graves, placed her pennies and I read the information about each veteran.  She’s old enough to do that on her own, but it’s just part of our tradition.

I happen to love cemeteries.  Not just for paying respects to those who reside there, but it’s full of history.  I try to instill this in my daughter as well.  There is much knowledge if we just look for it.

If you don’t participate in placing “pennies on the graves” and would like more information about it, you can read my previous post, here, as to why we do this.

 

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The Memorial Day: Pennies on the Grave

Published May 24, 2018 by lynn k scott

Every Memorial Day, for the last 5 years, I have taken my daughter to a cemetery; to the veteran’s section.  This is a tradition I started so she will know the true meaning behind Memorial Day.  It’s not just a day off of work or school or a time to barbecue.  Please do not thank a veteran for his/her service either (that’s Veteran’s Day).  Memorial Day is the day we use to honor those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

When we first started visiting the veteran graves, I would let my daughter pick out the graves to visit.  Then, I would read the name, branch, rank, birth/death and any wars he/she may have served in.  She would then place a penny on the grave and say, “thank you for your service.”  Now that my daughter is older, she does this on her own.

As the daughter of a Vietnam vet, niece of a Desert Storm vet and mom to active-duty soldier, who served in Afghanistan is now state-side, I uphold this tradition as it something I believe in with all my heart.

In past years, we have had people following us around, trying to get a glimpse of what we were doing.  Some new and when we made eye contact, they would give us a smile and a head nod.

There are four options you can leave on the tombstone:

  • Penny – means you visited and paid your respects
  • Nickel – means you trained in boot camp with that person
  • Dime – means you served with that person
  • Quarter – means you were there when they passed

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One year my daughter was so moved by the young age a Marine had lost his life, she hugged the tombstone.  I have to admit, it made my eyes leak a bit and my heart swelled with pride.

If you would like to learn more about this age-old tradition, you can read more about it here.

Boots

Published August 10, 2016 by lynn k scott

Facebook was nice enough to remind me of a short poem I wrote five years ago.  I had forgotten about it; really.  It was a time when I was trying to keep busy; be normal.

It was my son’s first (and only, if i get my wish) deployment.  I was a mess and writing helped.  I wrote to those deployed, other military moms and even new Gold Star moms (hard to do with a deployed child).

I am passionate about supporting our military because I know how much it helps their morale; esp. when being so far from home.  I will be sharing more about that and how others can help, but for now…a simple poem that gave me something to look forward to…

 

I have a spot on the floor
Right near the front door
There’s supposed to be a pair of boots there
But I can’t find them anywhere
I know where they’ve gone
Hopefully, it won’t be too long
For them to be replaced
And I see my son’s smiling face!

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Could I ask a favor?

Published March 23, 2016 by lynn k scott

I typically don’t ask for favors, but I am now.

I have a talented friend, Tom, whom I met because of my sister.  He is a veteran and has entered a contest.  I would like to see his drawing get the most “likes”.  If you have Facebook, and it’s not too much trouble, could you please click on the link, “like” the drawing and feel free to say a few words in a comment if the moment moves you to do so.

Then, if you wouldn’t mind either sharing this blog or the link on your own Facebook wall, it would be a double dose of kindness.

So here’s the link, Jessie’s Warriors,

Thank you so much!

I’ve gotten more ink…

Published January 14, 2016 by lynn k scott

A little less than a year ago, I shared a memory about when I was confronted about my not-so-girly tattoos.  If you’d like to read about it and see some of my tattoos, you can do so here.

Since that time, I’ve continued to get more ink.  My latest piece, or I should say pieces, are a tribute to my mother.  I started with a simple tattoo, in script, that said,

Give Me Strength

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I had no idea how I was going to continue without my mother.

In addition to losing my sister only a year before my mom suddenly passing, I was now the guardian to my five and six year old nieces.  My husband was not on board with that necessity.  Add my daughter into the mix who never had to “share” mommy and chaos was the norm.  My life was a mess.  So yes, I prayed for strength daily.

Turns out I was only a guardian for about a year.  However, that experience will always stay with me.  I will always second-guess decisions I had to make.  Life hasn’t been the same since, but that’s a story for another day.

Not too long ago, I had the tattoo finished.  I added an cracking hourglass, with red sand and blue roses.  Blue was my mom’s favorite color.  The banner read, “Gone Too Soon”.

MOM

 

I’m waiting for some money to get another tattoo.  That will represent my status as an Army mom.  It will be a single rose that will be red, white and blue.  It will have a ribbon down the stem, saying, “Army Mom”.  Finally, there will be a pair of dog tags at the bottom of the stem and my son’s name will be on one of the tags.  It will go on my left forearm.  Under my sister’s memorial tattoo.  My son and my sister had a special bond, so it’s only fitting their tattoos share the same arm.

A couple tattoos I didn’t share in the last post are on my legs.  My left leg bears my volunteer work when I was with Soldiers’ Angels.  I wrote to many deployed military personnel and Gold Star families.  I even had the opportunity to coordinate a Marine homecoming.  It was the highlight of my volunteer work.

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This the circle of the branches represent the halo and the wings represent the wings of an angel.  This was my version of a “Soldier’s Angel”.

I have two tattoos on my chest.  These represent my children.  My first four are on a rose that has four hearts and their initials are in one heart for each one of them.  It was my very first tattoo and really needs to be redone.

On the other side is a tattoo my youngest picked out as “her” tattoo.  I had to talk her out of quite a few tattoo selections.  I explained I’m getting a tattoo just for her, but since it will be on my body for life, I agree to it first.  We ended up with a multicolored butterfly.

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So there’s a bit more a glimpse into who I am.  I love my tattoos and the meaning behind each one.  I enjoy discussing tattoos with people.  They are just so interesting and normally there’s a story attached to each one.

If you have a tattoo you’d like to share, I’d love to see them!

Humble

Published December 22, 2015 by lynn k scott

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Many of you know I am a Blue Star Mom.  If you are unfamiliar with what that means, it means I have a child serving (or has served) in the military. Blue Star Mothers is a national organization where local chapters meet to support each other, support our troops, their families and veterans.

I would say we’re most known for sending care packages.  However, there’s a side many people don’t see.  Blue Star Moms also address immediate issues that arise.

I had the honor of helping a military family, along with other Blue Star Moms and our community.  This family had a tragedy involving their young child.  We started a fundraiser in order to help raise airfare for the family.

I sent out a bunch of emails and shared Facebook posts and answered texts and kept in contact with our Blue Star board members.  Last night, I received a call.  A non-profit stepped up to donate the airfare money.  I was on the verge of tears.  We were going to be able to remove one stressor from this family who lost so much.

I was humbled today when I was presented with the check, was able to personally thank the man and his son for their donation and make another community contact.

Something as simple as airfare reminds me what I have to be thankful for. That by volunteering some of my free time, I can make a difference. Together with other Blue Star Moms, and our community, we are making a big difference.  We all have the ability to help someone:  lend an ear, give a hug, offer a smile, pay for someone’s coffee, volunteer, collect canned goods, etc.

In 2016, whatever is within your capabilities, I urge you to make a difference on some level.

“A Soldier’s Deck of Cards”

Published December 3, 2015 by lynn k scott

I have to say, this video, “A Solider’s Deck of Cards” is one of my favorite YouTube videos of all time.  I have been sharing this video for the last few years.

I remember when I first saw it.  I was stunned at how the cards could be interpreted as a Bible, Almanac and more.  It affected me deeply as a military mom.  I had several soldiers I had adopted and I couldn’t help but think of them, as well as other military personnel, far from home.

I would love to thank Justin Flom for creating this video.  Sure I can read the story on any number of sites, but he brought this story to life.  The ending gets me every time.

After watching the video, will you be able to look at a standard deck of cards the same again?

What did you think of it?

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