I know my blog is focused on gardening and my crazy life with all my boys, but I can't seem to get Ft. Hood out of my mind today. I've been somber all day. I have walked the gardens at work to take pictures of the butterflies just to get my mind off all the people who were killed yesterday, but even that isn't helping. I just have a hard time believing a soldier could do such a horrible act to another group of soldiers. Ft. Hood holds a special place in my heart. My husband was stationed there while he served in the Army. I have more friends than I can count who have either been permanently stationed there, or have done training there at some point in their Army career. I absolutely love Ft. Hood.
I have visited many military bases, and none compare to Ft. Hood. The base is in one of the most beautiful parts of Texas, and the grounds are immaculate. The sense of pride that emanates from the soldiers there is like no other. You can't go to Ft. Hood and not feel safe and proud to be an American. I used to visit my husband there before we started dating. This was just after 9/11 and the sense of duty and honor for the USA was written across every soldier. I was proud, honored, and thankful towards the men and women I met there. I knew with them serving here and over seas, my family here was safe.
I'm angry that lives have been taken from innocent people who have given selfless service to their country. I am outraged at certain public officials (that I won't name because I don't want to start a political debate...which really isn't like me. I LOVE politics, but this is my gardening blog, so I'll leave it out.) I'm angry that this guy could slip under the radar and wreck this much havoc on such a wonderful community. I'm wondering how many more people are out there still flying low on the radar? When are we going to wake up and see? How many more people have to die? How many more on U.S. soil?
I guess I'm done with my non-gardening banter. Not sure it really helped with my frustration, but what else can I do? I'll leave with a grateful THANK YOU to all my friends and other men and women who serve, or have served, in the military. Your service is appreciated and I honor your selflessness! God bless you! And God bless the families of the victims yesterday. My prayers go out to them!