Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Look for the Helpers

I cannot believe yesterday's tragic news.  I just cannot accept the increasing violence that plagues our society. It is heartbreaking. As many of you know, my older daughter is a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. I am often asked how it feels to know that my daughter might die at such a young age. I have people actually say that to me.  "Oh you must be so sad to know your daughter could die at any minute."  Well of course I worry for her safety.  I worry for the safety of all my children.  I worry for the safety of everyone I know and those I don't know.  We live in a violent world. Do I want my daughter to be in harm's way? Of course not.  Will she be in harm's way? Yes.  Yes she will. My son also will be joining the military to serve our Country so he too will be in harm's way.  What drives them to serve? I can tell you - they want to help.  They want to protect.  They want to make the world a better place. A safer place. As yesterday's tragic events unfolded - what brought us hope?  What brought us a piece of humanity? The helpers. The ones that ran INTO the explosion to help save others.  The ones that gave of themselves so that others might live.  We are in fact a country of helpers. That is what makes our country so great. I would not hesitate to help someone in need.  Not for a second. We all need to stand together.  To be a part of something greater than ourselves.  We need to look for the light in all this darkness.  Do not live a life of fear. Live a full and grateful life.  Be thankful for every moment you are given on this earth. Never take a second for granted. And above all - reach out.  Be a helper. Life is too short not to care.


  1. Beautiful thoughts, words and wonderful feelings Renee. We must remember the helpers and the ones that would risk their life for others. Thank your daughter and thanks to all who serve others in all different ways. Sandi Chabre

  2. Renee,

    I love the idea behind this article. People always ask me why I married into the military - they're strong, wonderful people who have a drive to make others safe. They believe in change and humanity. They would die for someone else. All amazing qualities which we should all strive to have. It is hard to find light in such awful times, but you have managed it. I will try to think more like you - you're quite an inspiration. Your children too.

    Krystin &Aurora.

    1. Thank you so much! That is so kind of you. You are awesome too!!!!!!!!!!!


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