Remembering Last Letters Home

by Anon Shirtwascash May 29, 2017

2017 feels like a scene from the Twilight Zone.

It's as if the world was hit by an invisible force on November 8th that sent our planet further into some alternate dimension. In times of confusion and fear, people make mistakes. Most of us are too young to have experienced a real war. The type of war necessary to maintain and spread the best type of society ever created, democracy, and expand the gift of human rights across the world. The type of war that requires sacrifice from all of its citizens to fuel its victory. A type of war none of us privileged modern youngin's haven't had to witness in full.

It almost seems cliche to be patriotic now-a-days. The internet has turned everything into a meme or joke, which is fine for knowing what's generally going on in the world but is insufficient in teaching us to understand the meaning behind these things and why we should avoid them to begin with.

Today, instead of goofing with gaffs and dank memes, I thought I'd reflect on what it means to give the ultimate sacrifice for your friends, family, brothers at arms, and a world they'll never get to experience again. Let's take a break from the distractions for a moment and consider the shoes our ancestors stood in when they received this:

Soldiers were given the opportunity to write one letter home before D-Day. Can you imagine that feeling? A final moment to put your heart's content on a page to the people that raised you or maybe the family you recently started. It is the type of letter that you can only hope never sees the light of day. Emma Weaver received two letters from her husband US Army First Lieutenant Todd Weaver. One for her and one for their young daughter. It read:

Dear Emma:

Well if you are reading this, I guess I did not make it home and therefore, I was not able to remind you again of how much I love you. I love you so much baby and I will always love you. Although I may not be here right now, take comfort in the fact that I am watching over you right now. I am not gone and I will always be with you in spirit. I know this time must be hard for you but I also know how strong you are. Never forget that God knew what was best for us before we were even born. Take comfort in that. This happened for a reason. Although you may not believe it now, you will one day.

I want you to know just how important you are to me. I could not ask for a more caring, beautiful and loving wife. The memories that we have shared over the last few years have been the best of my life. Although it may seem like my life was cut short, I lived a life that most can only dream of. I married the perfect woman. I have a beautiful daughter that amazed me every day. I even had two great dogs – at least most of the time. I couldn’t ask for anything more. If you feel sad, just think back to the memories that we shared. Look at our daughter and how beautiful she is.

Be strong for her. Remind her about her Daddy and tell her that I loved her more than anything else in the world. Her birth was the best day of my life and she was the best thing that ever happened to me. Her smile and laughter represent all that is good and beautiful in this world.

Tell her that Daddy is in heaven now and will watch over her and protect her every minute of every day. I love you Emma. But never be afraid to do what you need to do to be happy. It is so important that you continue to find happiness in your life. Although you may think this is impossible right now, have faith.

Much better times are coming. You and Kiley have a wonderful life ahead of you and I am so happy to have shared some of it with you.

I love you.
Your loving Husband,
Todd

Todd Weaver was killed by an IED during his second tour in Afghanistan in September 2010. His letters are painful to read and just one of the  millions of letters written before him by servicemen. He continued:

Dear Kiley, My Sweetie:

Although you may not remember me, I want you to know how very much your Daddy loves you. I left for Afghanistan when you were 9 months old. Leaving you was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. You are so very special to me sweetie – you are truly a gift from God. The best day of my life was the day you were born. Every time I saw you smile my heart would just melt. You were my sweetie – my life was not complete until you were born.

I am so sorry I will not be able to see you grow up. But remember, your Daddy is not gone. I am in heaven now smiling down on you every day. You are so very lucky to have such a wonderful Mom to take care of you. Make sure you are good for her and help her out whenever you can. Always remember to say your prayers at night and be thankful for all your many blessings. Never forget how important and special you are to so many people. We love you so very much. When you get older and start school, do your best and try to learn as much as you can about the world you live in. Always be nice and caring to others and you will discover that the world will be nice to you. But when things aren’t going your way, never forget that God knows what is best for you and everything will work out in the end.

You have such a bright and beautiful future ahead of you. Have fun. Enjoy it. And remember, your Daddy will always be proud of you and will always love you. You are and will always be my sweetie.

With very much love,
Your Daddy

Reflecting on this is what memorial day is about and it's okay to feel these feels. It makes us human. Celebrate it through gratefulness for the world around you because being grateful may actually be a key to unlocking your own happiness. In a 2008 study, subjects were asked to exhibit their gratitude under an MRI brain scan and it was found that they were influencing their hypothalamus* in real-time.

*The hypothalamus is the part of your brain that regulates sleep, eating, stress, and emotional activity. It is the control center of your automatic nervous system and produces many essential hormones. Gratitude also stimulates transmission of dopamine which part is our body's reward system. A double win for you.

It is so awesome to be an American! Don't let any ungrateful pessimistic child tell you otherwise. You don't need to arrogantly think it's the best country in the world (though it is) to understand how great we have it! It's a place that gives you the freedom to grow every day with no limit on who you will become and people you can impact. Stop wishing you lived others' lives while browsing Instagram and go live your own. They have all the same insecurities and problems as you. We all do. The question is when or WILL you understand this commonality so you can begin to overcome?

To these honorable men, women, current members of our service, and all families involved - thank you for putting us first. American civilization leans on your triumphs and we owe a great debt to those that are no longer among us. May we hope for the true end of human suffering and work together to make that a reality.

And now back to the memes...

Anon Shirtwascash
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