I found it quite paradoxical that my home schooled boy was invited to two public schools today to take part in flag ceremonies honoring the veterans that have served our country. You should have seen the look on the face of the woman sitting behind the office desk when I told her that Collin was home schooled after she asked what school he attended. Priceless, I tell you.
I remember going to the Veteran's Day parade several times while I was in high school. I traveled with the band because I was in charge of lighting my friend Sherry's batons on fire. It was fun. (The parade, not lighting the batons on fire.) After all, I got out of school for most of the day. As an adult, I can appreciate the significance of the holiday more fully than I could back then. I took in the faces of the men whom were honored today, and I felt joy in my heart. Joy because men have fought for my freedom. Joy because I can home school my children instead of sending them to a public facility. Joy because we are free to worship our heavenly father. Joy because I feel safe in my home when we turn in each night.
To those of you whom have served or are still serving, thank you.