Each year I make a point of honoring Mr. PJ on Veterans Day. Yes, I share a roof with my very own veteran. He served in a peacekeeping force in the U.S. Navy before we met. He’s brave in more ways than one. (He lives with me, doesn’t he?)
In addition to paying tribute to him and so many other courageous men and women who serve our country, I’d like to take a page from Jenna’s book. She has kindly included me in a group of women she’s honored with her Blogger Flame of Fortitude. I realized in reading her post how many of us are veterans of a different kind. We’ve had to face down an unrelenting enemy. We’ve undergone physical hardship. We’ve been taken prisoner or been hostage to unforgiving medical protocols, and we’ve experienced emotional torture that would flatten all but the toughest.
Jenna has asked us, in turn, to pass on the commendation to those who “have embodied perseverance in the face of difficulty and shared the journey of their experiences with others proving that a single voice can both be a light of support or a source of humor for those in the midst of their struggle.”
In addition to those Jenna has already singled out I’d like to acknowledge the following women who have allowed others to share in their personal story and provided camaraderie and support through the power of their words — whether in their own blogs or comments: Ann; Lori; Karen O; Chicklet; Geohde; Schatzi; Mother_Of_None; Chrissy; Flicka; Loribeth; BabyStep; Dianne; Kami; Namaste; SaraS-P; May; Sharah; PeeSticks; Deanna; DD; Irish Girl; and Zee. This list is only the tip of the iceberg. There are hundreds more, and many others I’m only just getting to know. I commend everyone’s honesty and the willingness to help others when you’re in the midst of your own battles.
And as a special gift, since I’ve been posting with alarming frequency, I’ll pull back on the reins and do more reading than writing for a bit.