Matters? What matters? It matters or it doesn't matter. Life, with all of it's twists and turns does matter. This date...9-11-2001 matters. The date, September 11th matters...it's bittersweet...but we make due. It's my son's birthday. We remember 9-11-2001 and his 6th birthday party. It was a rough day but still most of the kids and their parents came for pizza, cake & ice cream, and games. We're Americans, we overcome, and we get back up! No quitters! We remember 9-11-2011 and give thanks to all who answered the call. A call to arms... or otherwise assist in fighting terrorism. Today, as we celebrate our son's 17th birthday and celebrate the day our son's biological mother in South Korea gave birth to our boy, it matters. What matters? Life! Life matters. Life and love! It's 4AM and I'm the Old Guy who couldn't sleep. So, I'm thinking of our son and trying to thank a lady I've never met. The lady who bore our son. The lady who gave him the gift of life and immediately gave that precious boy away. I thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! With every ounce of my heart...I thank you. Life? Life matters. Life and love. Through it all there is LOVE. Focus on that! We are a great people! We remember...and continue to live our lives as best we can, with what we have, and we are grateful. Look around! There is so very much to be thankful for. So, happy birthday, son...and God bless America! Please keep our troops and their families in your prayers, LOOONG time!!! God bless you all and HOOAH!
(These guys, Madison Rising, are awesome very LOOONG time!!! I saw them recently at the Soldiers' Angels warehouse for the 2012 Milblog Family Reunion in San Antonio, Texas)