Last Memorial Day I was sobbing in church during the service as they have people stand who have lost family. It really is a sacrifice. I wish I were naïve to this side of life, but I also am thankful that we have a deep understanding. I understand many people lose spouses and parents to car accidents and cancer, and those are all terrible things. My heart grieves deeply for you. It's a different realm to have some insight into the atrocities of war. The true realization of evil in the world. An Iraqi insurgent used a bomb to blow up Doug and his gunner. You hope and pray they come home, but it happens so fast, there's no time to even pray they will get better. Then Nicole's whole life changed. We packed her up, had the service and she was on her way back to the United States to figure out what she would do next.
Some other things have gotten me thinking. A few weeks ago we went to our local art museum, The Frist. They have a Steve Mumford War Journals exhibit. http://fristcenter.org/calendar-exhibitions/detail/steve-mumfords-war-journals
|Another soldier from Ramadi who Scott remembered|
The week after seeing this exhibit, we traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas to see Scott's family. Our sister-in-law's parents' house was damaged in the tornado the previous week. (I wrote about this a little bit here). We had only seen pictures online, but we chose to drive a little out of the way to see what Mayflower looked like now. You are not allowed to drive through the neighborhoods, but we had talked to Scott's uncle who had been helping through Samaritan's Purse as they were going house by house to help clean up the extraordinary amount of debris piled up--there is a LOT of work to do. These are the pictures from I-40 as we drove by. They really don't show it well, but Scott said this truly is what a war-zone looks like (except for the tree stumps). It's brown, almost looks burned out, and the only words to describe it are devastation and destruction. This actually gave him some flash-backs. I've always heard people describe scenarios as looking like a "war-zone" but the definition is true. I am sad to think about the loss of life and rebuilding that people will continue to struggle with for awhile.