The American flag and a Marine corp flag. Both are beautiful to me.
Because of how our porch light sits, we can leave them out 24/7 because they stay lit up in the dark. And even though they are heavy duty, all weather material, Splenda will bring them in if the weather is particularly nasty.
When the wind blows they are usually flapping and waving and I love to hear the snaps outside the window.
However, the last couple of days this week, I paid particular attention to what happened to them when the wind blew and the symbolism hit me.
They become all wrapped together. And in every case that I have witnessed, the Marine corp flag is wrapped around the American flag.
Yesterday was particularly blustery and I noticed it more than I ever have before.
The Marine corp LITERALLY protects America. A Marine embraces his/her country and will withstand the elements to ensure it's safety. A Marine answers the call no matter where it is to defend and protect our country and our citizens from those who would cause us harm.
The sight of this warms my soul and causes my heart to swell with pride that we belong to an amazing USMC family.
LCpl Catmull will be graduating MOS training school on Friday. He will leave that night and fly directly to Camp Pendleton.
He'll get processed and begin looking for housing.
We get to see him next month.
And while, I think his excitement will be for his wedding and his beautiful bride, I hope he'll be at least a little excited to see his Ma.
I know that I will be more than a little giddy to see him!