One year ago tonight THIS happened at The Bunratty Castle in Ireland …
~ MY SON ~
This was one of THE best nights of our life!
Well I’m gonna sing the only song there is to sing!
Then he sang our National Anthem!
I’m not gonna lie … it brought actual tears to my eyes and a knot in my stomach this morning as I watched it again when the “Facebook memory” popped up. Even despite what the three of us had been through, “who was missing“, and why we were on that trip to Ireland in the first place, if only we had known what was to become of this beautiful country not too long after we arrived home.
Oh say can you see … by the dawn’s early light … what so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming. Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight. O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket’s red glare … the bombs bursting in … gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave … o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
For the record, I’m a lover of every country on this beautiful Atlas. Of course I’m a Patriot, but more so am I a human being who is thankful for human beings … no matter “where” on this globe you call home. My pride in America is by no means a slight or disregard to any other country’s soil. I’m a blessed American woman, indeed it is true. But I’m for the love of all people – everywhere – because …