Monday, May 2, 2011

Today I Woke to Find History Had Been Made

Almost ten years ago I got my children up and dressed, took them to daycare, and went to work. It was my youngest son's first birthday. It was supposed to be a good day. I got to work and was there not too long before a coworker came to me and told me a plane flew into a building in New York. I was thinking a small plane, you know, one of those propeller two seaters? Yeah, no... it was a huge plane. Then the second plane hit and I said "That was not an accident, and this is not the end of it." My coworker looked at me with shock. I tried to get my work done as fast as I could because all I wanted to do was pick up my babies, hug them, and watch the news.

When we went to war part of me hoped it would be fast, like the war when my oldest was born. I hoped they would all surrender when we went over like last time.

Almost ten years later I woke up and logged onto Facebook. I see a picture of the Statue of Liberty holding Osama Bin Laden's head, then I saw a post about "Osama's last words"...

No... really? NO FUCKING WAY!!!! I quickly Googled Osama Bin Laden looking for the news, and I found it. I woke up the oldest, "HEY! Osama Bin Laden is dead!"

"No shit?"

"No shit! We killed him!"

While I rejoice at that (and I use the term lightly) man's death, I worry for my husband deployed in Afghanistan. I worry for everyone over there because I know retaliation will come.

But I push that worry aside when I watch the news and see everyone back home in the States crowding in front of the White House and at Ground Zero cheering and chanting USA! USA! USA! I am not even joking, it brings tears to my eyes to see the patriotism that America displayed after the attacks.

To the people that are angry that Obama was in office when it happened, get over yourselves. To the people getting angry because Obama is taking credit for this, fuck off... he can take credit, he gave the directive, he is our nations leader whether you like it or not. To our President, the troops, the Navy SEALS that put that bullet in that tall freaks head: thank you so much, and God bless you!


alejandro guzman said...

well said my friend.


Alpana Jaiswal said...

feeling the same...and I really hope its true..had enough of this pain..

Larry Lewis said...

As an ex combat soldier here is a quote i want to share “Courage is as often the outcome of despair as of hope; in the one case we have nothing to lose, in the other, everything to gain” Diane de Pointiers. Today the courage of the American people, and her allies has seen reward. It is tragic to view death in this way, but the price of this man's life was to much.
I pray for your man's safe return

Jewell said...

Laura...there is nothing that I can't agree with in this post.

I'm not an Obama fan (or politician fan in general), but there's no denying at least a portion of the credit goes to him and those in his administration.

However, like you, while this asshole is now fish food makes me want to giggle like a school girl...I'm cautious. Maybe even a little worried. When I woke up this morning I 1/2 expected there to be riots. Somewhere. Even just little ones. All I've seen or heard from bin Laden supporters? *crickets* This makes me cautious, and nervous.

Hang tough and all of you are in my thoughts! xo

Anita Gray said...

Some brave honesty here. Thanks for sharing. Let's pray for non-retaliation. And for your husband's safe return.