1.23.2012

A Surprise Post That Made Me Cry

There is some fascinating about blogging that I never realized until I started blogging.
Relationships.
Real.
Genuine.
I am excited to hear from the girl on the other end kind of relationships.  
I have been blessed with some of those relationships, and one of them happens to be this girl.
Her name is Karissa and she truly holds a special part of my "blogging heart"
A month or two ago she sent me one of the nicest emails.
We chatted back and forth for a little while and then after much reluctancy, she gave me her blog address.
{The girl is crazy--why she didn't want to give it to me is beyond me.}
She is hilarious.
And you know how I like funny people.
But today--she posted this.
And little does she know, I am posting it here.
SURPRISE ;)
{Karissa--you have the SWEETEST husband ever. Take time and kiss him RIGHT NOW}
You see ladies--I got an email from her husband this evening telling me how much this post
{that you are about to read} touched his heart.
Andthat he felt that it was worthy of sharing with more people.
Jason--I couldn't agree more.

Straight from the words of Karissa at Trippin' My Trigger:

"Husband and I traveled back home to MN last week.  We took the same route as we did the previous week and flew Atlanta to Chicago, O’Hare and then on to Minneapolis.  Upon boarding the plane in Atlanta, husband immediately noticed the Army Ranger that was on our flight and also noticed that the flight attendants kept moving this Army Ranger’s seat closer to the front of the plane.

Of course I noticed NONE of this.
  Why?! 
 Because I was TOO BUSY being pissed off about the fact that our carry on luggage had to be placed 18 rows behind us. 
 Seriously people…

So there we were, enjoying our flight from Atlanta to Chicago.

As our plane arrived at the gate in Chicago and the seat belt sign was turned off, that’s when I noticed the Army Ranger make his way through first class to be the first person off of the aircraft.  I kind of thought to myself, “Hmmm….I wonder why he’s in such a hurry.”  That’s when husband turned to me and said,
“That Army Ranger is escorting human remains.” 
As my heart sank, I looked at husband and said, “NO WAY.”

You see, husband works for Delta Airlines.  Part of his job from time to time is to assist with the coordination of this particular process.  I have NO IDEA what it is that husband assists with, but the fact that husband was SO IN TUNE with what was going on…I KNEW he wasn’t lying to me.

As we waited for the 18 rows of people behind us to deplane so we could get our carry on, we walked up the jet way and into the gate area when husband turned to me and said,
“I’d really like to stop and watch this.” 
 Again, my heart sank.

You see, it became all too real to me at that very moment as we were standing in the gate area in front of the windows and seeing the uniformed military personnel outside next to the aircraft…waiting for one of their fellow fallen soldiers.

Heartbreaking.
I’m thankful for the moments like these that are set before me to help me remember the things in life that are truly important.  Even though my heart breaks for the family of this fallen soldier, I feel grateful to have had a moment to stop and put life into perspective…although, I wish it wouldn’t take moments such as this.

I’ll take the inconvenience of having my carry on luggage placed 18 rows behind me any day of the week and twice on Sunday.  I feel so foolish for being so upset…but then again, I’m only human.

The men and women who put their lives on the line for us, for our freedom and our protection, who leave their families behind…
THANK YOU.
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Karissa-
Thank you so much for that reminder about perspective.
And for bringing tears to my eyes.
Tears that are worthy of being shed.
Not over material items, or The Bachelor, or every other dumb thing I cry about.
But because of precious people who so willingly and sacrificially risk their lives so that we can live.
It is reminders like these that we so often need but so seldom get.
Love you girlfriend :)

Now--
if you want to go show my girl some love
 {as you all should}
you can do so by clicking here.

Talk soon :)

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25 comments:

  1. What an awesome and awe inspiring post. Sometimes I forget about whats going on in the world around me and this was a great reminder. Thank you for sharing her post with us!!! xoxoxox

    jeneal@ Pieces of Luv

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  2. Wow, Im crying at my desk and is in serious need of waterproof mascara... Amazing post!!

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  3. Wow! What an incredible thing to witness. Thank you for sharing this. Something I would never have known otherwise.

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  4. what a terrific post! it is events like these that truly remind us what is the most important things in life, freedom and honoring those who fight so we can continue to have our freedom. it isn't the bachelor, what will we have for dinner, or what will we do when we get home but those who sacrifice, those who serve selflessly and to properly honor those is the best way we can give back and say thank you. although thank you is hardly enough.

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  5. WOW.
    that's all I can come up with.

    Sitting here, in complete awe.
    Thank you for reposting this...

    xo

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  6. Thanks as always Erin for a great post!! I just found a new bloggy to stalk (ahem I mean follow lol)
    -Meesh :)

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  7. oh my goodness...thank you for sharing!

    ~Hilary~

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  8. I was totally not expecting this and it got me choked up too! My husband is a Marine and combat veteran. While my husband was in Afghanistan one of our friends was killed in the same area. I will never forget the feeling I felt when I heard the news. Reading this post brought me back to that harsh reality. Thank you for putting everything into perspective.

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  9. Thanks for re-posting this, Erin. My cousin was a Marine who died a few months ago and was escorted back the same way. It is really touching how good the military takes care of their own to the very, very end.

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  10. This post made my heart race and my eyes tear up. Just a couple days ago was the forth year anniversary of the passing of one of my husbands Marine friends. I remember that day like it was yesterday and my husband will never fill that hole in his heart that he feels from missing one of his brothers. Thank you for re-posting this for everyone to read. It is really important to remember those serving our country. It is also important for us all to take a step back and remember what is important in our lives.

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  11. this was a beautiful post. we all need to be reminded of things like these sometimes. its unfortunate that it takes something like this to remind us though. i actually didn't realize they did this upon leaving the plane, but im so glad they give respect to those who have lost their lives for us. so thankful!

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  12. This post, along with Gabrielle Gifford's segment on the nightly news tonight, really put how precious life is in perspective. How can I complain about my husband traveling for work this week; at least he has a job. How can I complain about how freezing cold it is right now; at least I have a roof over my head. How can I complain about this stupid zit I'm getting; at least I'm alive to be getting it! Makes you feel ashamed for the stuff we complain about daily. Thanks for this post, I enjoyed it.

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  14. This totally made me tear up. Thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the fallen soldiers.

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  15. omg this post gave me chills...so very true. Thanks for the reminder, girls! :)

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  16. Wow, that's such a good post. Thank you so much for sharing that.

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  17. wow! this just put so much in to perspective for me. such an amazing post. thank you so much for sharing!

    i just found your blog. so happy i did. im following x

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  18. I love this post! Thank you so much for sharing it! Really makes you think about your life...

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  19. Great post to share! I was at the airport once and saw a soldier being carried off a plane in the casket. Everyone in the airport stopped, stood up, and was silent. It was so sad. I think it def puts things into perspective which is always a good thing. I need a reminder every once in a while!:)

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  20. Her post gave me goosebumps! Thank you for giving us some perspective!

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  21. Thanks for posting this Erin, it touched my heart in so many ways. I got a speeding ticket this morning and have been fuming about it, until now as I realize what a brat I am and how I need to gain perspective on the important things in life. Again, thanks for sharing. Much needed on this humbling Tuesday.

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  22. Absolutely loved this post! I can't quit crying... I mean it wouldn't have anything to do with the fact that I am pregnant and a fraggn' raging hormonal lunatic rynow... Love it!

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  23. Wow, that was amazing. Thank you for sharing this!
    Going to check out her blog now...

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  24. This was beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. What an amazing post. The lesson on perspective is something most of us need to relearn from time to time. As a military wife (whose husband has been to Iraq and Afghanistan) I appreciate this lesson even more. Thank you and thanks to Karissa.

    I blog over at http://www.recipeforabeautifullife.com

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I read and appreciate every one of your comments. Thanks for stopping by my space and sharing a piece of yourself on this huge ole internet. I meant that in the least creepy way possible. I'm just good at making everything awkward. Anyhow, thank you for your comments. They make me smile :)