The Smell of Freedom

Rob, our son who served 2 tours in Iraq was in the Hallmark store with me.  He was home for good. Okay,  here for a year then moved off to go to grad school and to the next adventure in life for him.

He passed in front of a display for

a freedom holiday,

4th of July or Memorial Day

Rob popped the lid off of the Yankee candle that was layered red, white and blue.  “What are doing? ” I asked. Of course I knew.

I’ll never forget his response. “It’s Freedom. I wanted to know what freedom smells like.” Deep sniff.

“Well, does it smell good?”

“Yep, yep it does.”

West Point Old Barracks.  Uniform unchanged. Traditions alive and strong.
“Duty, Honor and Country”

And that is why he and thousands of other men and women serve us by serving in the Armed Forces. They like the smell of freedom. Their mission, their oath is to serve and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic so we can keep smelling freedom too. I’ve lived in a country when there was not freedom; visited them.  It does not “smell” the same.  They serve and hope others can know the smell of freedom too.

Thanks to all of  the past and present service members of our country’s Armed Forces.

Blessings, Linda

About chinamom3078

I am a woman who loves Jesus who loved me first. Prone to wander and distraction is common for me as I seek to reflect Him in my daily life. I am wife, mom, and grandma who has lived on 3 continents in 26+ apartments, townhouses, military housing, suburbs and now a 200 plus year old farm house. Preparing and hosting meals for the hundreds who have passsed through our home has been a joy and blessing to our family as we listened and shared over meals, coffee, light nights and Bible studies. A rich life! I have reached the age to feel qualifies to be an ”older woman” (as in Titus) even though I feel far from old and have plenty of room to grow each and everyday. And my joy is to teach Bible studies and help train other women to lead well.
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