How many times have you purchased a toy you were sure your child would love only to find it stuffed in the back of the closet or under the bed, gathering dust? Avoid that problem by knowing what to look for.
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukka, Kwaanza, Festivus, or nothing at all, this is the time of year to enjoy some quality family time.
"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."Those are the famous words that start Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. It has been 150 years today since Lincoln spoke those words at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery on Nov. 19, 1863. They are no less meaningful and powerful today than they were when they were first uttered. In fact, they are oddly more memorable today. It's no surprise, though. The 272 words that make up the speech encapsulate the founding principles of the United States. The ability to move people with words might suggest that Lincoln was a grown up gifted kid. But it's not just his way with words that indicate he was a gifted man.
Today is Veteran's Day. It is a day for us to honor our veterans, to thank those who are serving our country today and to remember those who died in service to their country. While I have always honored our veterans, the day took on more meaning to me when my son decided to enlist in the National Guard. In 2010 my 21 year-old-son was preparing with his Military Police unit to deploy to Iraq. No longer was service to country an abstract concept. It was becoming a reality. It was difficult to go from a parent whose job it was to protect her child to a parent whose child becomes a protector. But in retrospect, I knew that his enlistment and service to his country was a good choice for him.
My son has been home now for a couple of years, but I will never forget the mix of pride and anxiety I felt when he left with his unit on his deployment. I am fortunate that my son came home safe and sound, but that is not the case for every mother or wife or father or husband or child. Too often a loved one comes home injured or doesn't come home alive. This Veteran's Day be sure to be thankful to all the Vets out there and think about their families.