With all that has been in the news lately (whether you agree or disagree with it) it’s so easy to acknowledge and appreciate our men and women who are far from home, fighting for our country and taking a stand for freedom.
We honor and have great respect for those fine men and women who sacrifice daily for us.
But what about the sacrifice of those who are left behind? Every day, men and women here at home are holding down the home front while a spouse or loved one is away for months at a time in most cases. They are raising and dealing with babies or children on their own. Making house repairs, mowing lawns, making dinner, doing dishes, helping with homework, changing diapers…and….praying.
Military spouses, past and present, are an extraordinary group of individuals. While their husbands or wives took an oath and signed on a dotted line when they joined the military, spouses were enlisted through the back door with the vows they took on their wedding day. In choosing their mates, they inadvertently chose their way of life.
These are the silent soldiers - the ones who, for the most part go un-noticed and sometimes maybe a little unappreciated.
This coming Friday May 6th is ‘Military Spouse Appreciation Day’.
We at Exceptional Specialty Products want to let our ‘at-home’ soldiers know just how much we appreciate them and the sacrifice they are giving. It’s not easy being a lone solider. Hopefully most have friends and family who are willing to help in times of need, but that still doesn’t replace the empty spot in the hearts of our military spouses when their loved one is gone.
Our country has set aside one day for much deserved recognition for these selfless, beautiful people, but how about we make it for more than just one day a year? If you know a military spouse help give them a break every now and then. Offer to take the kids one evening, mow their lawn, take a meal over or just be a compassionate listener. Any kindness is appreciated – all year long!
Please don’t forget the kids! Having mom or dad gone for such long periods of time is especially stressful on them as well. They also deserve special treatment for the sacrifice they are making. A little extra attention given to them always brings a smile that will melt your heart. You’ll wonder who got the most pleasure from your kindness…them or you!
So, to all the military families at home and abroad…we love you and appreciate the sacrifices you make daily for us and our country. It is you who help make us strong and the greatest nation on earth.
We are so proud of you!