Sunday, November 11, 2012

Happy Veteran's Day

I'm  looking forward to a much needed day off tomorrow! My house is clean, the laundry is caught up and I've organized and put away the enormous pile of paperwork in the corner of my bedroom. Tomorrow, I'm planning on doing a little schoolwork and getting a haircut for the holidays.

What I'm not doing, is forgetting why I'll be home.  We talked about it in the classroom and I wanted to share a quick video I played for my class on Friday.

Veteran's Day is especially poignant this year, because my Grammy (and both of my grandfathers) is a WWII Veteran and as some of you know, this will probably be her last Veteran's Day. I told you last year a brief version of why being a Veteran is about more than serving their country to my grandparents; it's how they met!

Today, in honor of my Grammy, I'm reposting a poem I wrote for her earlier this year. 

When I was younger
we spent hours together,
Coloring in books you kept in a bag
hanging on the back of the bedroom door,
And making collages on paper plates out of the egg shells
leftover from the egg salad you served for lunch.

When I was younger
we played Slap Jack at the kitchen table
And went for walks in the woods,
tying yarn to the trees so we could find our way home.
We got lost anyway.

When I was younger,
I knew when I walked through the door,
the am radio would be on in the corner
And the kitchen would smell like the coffee
you kept warm in a pot on the stove all day.

When I come to see you now,
you struggle to get out of bed to see me.
Your pain is visible in the way you sometimes seem 
to leave the room while sitting right there in the chair
And you lose track when we play Skip Bo in the Living Room

And I long for the days
When I was younger... 
Originally Posted September 6, 2012, which, although I did not note it at the time, was my grandparents 65th wedding anniversary!


Ellen aka Ellie said...

About ten years ago, our district decided to have school on this day (well, not on Sundays), so the kids would know why we celebrate the holiday. We've had some moving assemblies and learning opportunities each year since then.

I'm grateful for that decision, and I forget so many other people are off for the holiday!

Enjoy yours.

Erin said...

What a beautiful poem! Thank you for sharing and thank you to your grandparents for serving this great country of ours!

We don't get Veteran's Day off at my school. We do, however, have a Veteran's Day program every year. We had ours on Friday this year.

Andrea (ace1028) said...

Oh, geez, girl. Tugged at my heart.

Thinking of you and yours and thankful you have yet another year to say thanks to your Grammy. Wishing you both strength and peace. xo

Paloma said...

So beautiful! What a great way to honor your grandma! :)

Mimi B said...

Our schools don't take the day off, but our small town has a program in the afternoon to acknowledge our Veterans. So beautiful about how your grandparents met. What a beautiful poem.

doseofreality said...

Our kids have school today, but they do have an assembly.
I love the poem and I can't wait to show them the video when they get home. Thank you for posting this!

Shell said...

Such a sweet poem!

Stephanie said...

Hugs my friend. I couldn't see the video, but the poem is truly lovley...