My husband is a very loyal and patriotic person. He cries during the national anthem and while viewing patriotic television shows.This prompted our daughter, Jamie, to buy a Father’s Day gift for Jim several years ago. It was a black silhouette of a soldier kneeling at the grave of a fallen comrade, marked with a cross. This has become somewhat of an icon in our neighborhood. We have lived here nearly 27 years. We have gone form the “youngens” in the neighborhood to “the old couple who really tries to take care of their house.” Jim puts flowers in the window boxes; he mows weekly and edges our little yard. He also took pride in displaying his soldier. That is until someone stole it out of our yard.
My neighbors look out for the old lady who gets lost all the time, and they know they can count on my husband to always lend a hand. To watch Jim actually grieve over this loss is heartbreaking. I know it is only wood, a few screws and metal posts, but to my husband it represented the pride he takes in his home and, most importantly, his nation.
To Jim, it is a sign of the times, when people no longer respect your belongings. I know that we can replace it, but the fact still stands that someone actually entered our yard and pulled it out of the ground.
Jim’s soldier will be guarding our home again soon. I can’t wait to see the smile on my husband’s face and the tears flowing down his cheeks.