Today, on Veteran’s Day and at almost the mid-point of National Military Family Month, I am reminded what a honor it is to share my oldest child with the people of the United States of America. The author of the poem below remains anonymous, but I am pretty sure she is a military mom, just like me….
I Give to You, My Son
I held him as an infant; I hugged him as a boy,
and through the years he has become my greatest pride and joy.
I love him more than I can say, his life more precious than my own,
but gone are the whims and notions of the little boy that I had known.
For the years have passed so quickly since the time it all began,
and now he stands before me with the conviction of a man.
He wants to serve his country, he states aloud with pride,
as I try to sort out the emotions that I’m feeling deep inside…
A union of the uncertain fear, which I cannot control,
and the allegiance which lies deep within my patriotic soul.
I trust that my years of guidance will serve as a strong foundation,
as he performs the duties requested from his beloved nation.
and walk with him through pathways where those heroes’ feet have tread.
Oh Sweet Land of Liberty, humbly I give to you, my son,
praying you’ll return him safely home when his work for you is done.