To the Grieving Parents of a Fallen Soldier by Joel Bartolone - iSnare.com Free Articles
The great thing about my job as an FA is getting to encounter all aspects of the world society. I get to witness first-hand the good AND the bad
Unfortunately, a couple of days ago, I was forced to eye-witness another category.
Something was definitely different about this situation. I suddenly went into my own past and recalled that look was not of intensity, but of trauma due to the loss of a loved one
Growing up in an environment where my great-uncles served honorably in WWII, my uncles served honorably in Vietnam, and family (as well as friends) served honorably in both Gulf Wars; I grew up with a strong admiration for our men and women in uniform. My first instinct was to walk up to them, put my arms around them and thank them for their son’s service and offer them as much comfort as possible. I also wanted to get on the PA and announce to all aboard the AC that we were in the presence of a couple who sacrificed their son so that people on the other side of the world could have a better life. Fortunately (or perhaps Unfortunately), my sense of reason kicked in and I restrained. Remembering the fragile state of the mother, I realized that an inocent and well-intended gesture meant to honor their son could be that last straw that pushed the mom over the edge. I had a sense of frustration I haven’t felt in a long time. I wanted to DO something, but knew that following my heart could produce a result the polar opposite of my intention. I realized that the best way to honor them and their fallen son was to give them their space, privacy and peace-and-quiet. To allow them to quietly fly home and grieve in a manner they saw fit.
Now that I have the safety of time and distance, I want to tell that couple what I couldn’t in that moment. I want to tell them how DEEPLY sorry I am for the un-believable pain they’re forced to endure, and they’re in my thoughts and prayers. I know there’s nothing I can say or do that will ease their pain, but I want them to know that there are millions of Americans who also honor and grieve for the loss of a beautiful human being such as their brave and noble son. I will remember that moment and those parents for the rest of my life and I have said a number of prayers for him already. I encourage everyone reading this article to do the same.
Order by www.tophanddryer.com