Looking at the publication calender, I realize today’s edition falls on a special day for me, my 38th birthday.
Last year was really the first year I dreaded another birthday. I was no longer in my “mid-30’s” but was heading towards my “late 30’s.” It was another year closer to 40. This year, I am looking back on my last year and realize it was maybe the best year of my life.
To start with, I got married. I don’t know how much luckier I could be to have the love of a beautiful and good woman in my life. Marrying Holly was the best choice I ever made. To have her in my daily life is a blessing I could never take for granted.
Some of you may know this, but many of you may not. I got adopted last year. My father has been married to my mother for nearly 23 years. Our relationship was rocky when I was young, but I came to realized the family I wanted was the one I had all along. Thank you Robert Weisman for calling me your son. I couldn’t be prouder.
Starting my job in Benton last June has proven to have been a great decision. I am doing what I love once again. I’m learning about the great people of a great county. Every story I write has been more interesting than the last. I feel like a part of the community. Thank you all for welcoming me.
On the job, I’ve done some amazing things. I was afforded a chance to ride in a helicopter. I’ve met people who have overcome adversity through strength and character. Every day is another chance for an amazing experience.
So yeah, 38. It’s closer to 40, but it’s another year with even more opportunities. I’m not going to dread this year. I’m looking forward to another great year of life events and happiness.
On WWII Stories of Valor:
A big thanks to everyone who has participated in our ongoing WWII series. I expected a smattering of stories at first, but so far, veterans have sustained the series with some fascinating stories. I had no idea there would be so many witnesses to major historical events right here in Marshall County.
So far, I’ve interviewed three veterans, and have plans to interview a fourth. It’s given me goosebumps, literally goosebumps, to hear them describe their experiences. Every one recalled the war, 70 years ago, as if were yesterday.
After listening to each one of them describe the enemy they faced, in Europe and Japan, I realized the U.S., the Allies and their generation stood not against rival nations, but evil itself. Because of their efforts, freedom survived.
While we’ve told several stories about veterans, and I am asking for more, we also hope to tell some home front stories. I’d love to know what it was like working in a munitions plant, or farming during the war. One interesting story I would like to tell is about the experience of a war bride. I wonder what it would have been like to be a child during WWII, with my father, and the fathers of my friends gone to distant battlefields.
Veterans of WWII? We still need your stories. Please keep them coming. I considered myself well-read on the war, but had no idea what it was really like. Thank you all for your service and for sharing your stories.