A Thoughtful Weekend

January 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Heaven is under our feet, as well as over our heads.  ~Henry David Thoreau

This weekend was full of contemplative moments. On Saturday we went on a long drive around the island in the Jeep. And I must say Jeeps are the vehicle of choice for living on the island. Without windows and doors, having a Jeep makes the experiencing the beauty of the oceans and the mountains that much more tangible. Here are a few pictures from our Saturday drive.

On Sunday, our weekend continued with a thought provoking visit to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. The Pearl Harbor Visitors Center provides a free museum that thoughtfully educates visitors on the history of December 7, 1941, a day that led to the United States involvement in WWII through the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. There were 2,403 casualties as a result of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial is a somber reminder of the reality and incredible gravity of war.

Now days, I often have a difficult time articulating my feelings about history, politics and war. I am a liberal some may even say progressive military wife. Despite my feelings on political matters, I would never undermine the sacrifice and dedication of U.S. military members – past and present. Individuals who chose a life of service willingly commit their lives to an ideal that they believe in – that they’d give their lives for – and politics aside, those individuals stand as an example of strength, dedication and spirit.


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