I have been trying to sell my daughter’s ice skates for the last five years. They were only worn about 3 times and then she outgrew them. I had a few inquiries, but the deal was never sealed. I recently reposted them and someone finally wanted to buy them.
The mom, who I had been corresponding with, said she was blessed to be able to get them for her daughter. I was selling them for $20 as they were in mint condition. I decided to surprise her but she had sent her husband instead.
I let him know that I was gifting the skates to his daughter and appreciated all he was doing. He said he appreciated me. I should mention, the father is currently serving in the Air Force. As an Army mom, I do what I can to help out our military (past and present).
Later, I received a text from the mom. She said her entire family was moved by my generosity. Her daughter was so excited with her “new” skates. I simply told her that I was recovering from a serious illness and I had been blessed with a lot of support and now I am able to pay it forward.
We traded a few more texts. I told her it was meant to be, as I had held onto those skates for so many years. She asked if she could pray for me. I thanked her as prayers are always welcomed and appreciated. I extended an invite to Simple Church, in case they didn’t have a home church. God works in mysterious ways. It was a blessing to be able to give a little girl a pair of skates and in turn, I received something much greater.
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!
I am a proud Army mom! My son is making a career in the Army, he is doing extremely well and I support his choice 100%. While I have always been supportive of our military, nothing kicks that support into high-gear when someone in your immediate family joins the military.
I can accept not everyone supports war or what orders the military follows, however, I will support my son, military personnel and their families. I have been actively involved in troop support for several years now. I currently live close to an Air Force base and am proud to know some families and the fact I can call them friends.
I will post various ways you can help, if you so choose, to support our military.