Soldier Boy - Musings
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One of my favorite songs is an Oldie: "Soldier Boy." It's melancholy, mushy, sweet--and gets stuck in my head for days on end.
I've never loved a 'Soldier boy' so I can't say I understand the experience. I just like the song, the idea of the faithful girlfriend waiting and rooting for her soldier boy.
When I was ten years old I had a crush on a neighbor boy who was my age (but always seemed much more mature!). He grew up and got married and right now, he's serving overseas, someone else's 'soldier boy.' It's so hard to think of that little boy as a hardened soldier. He always amazed me even as a kid, so I'm sure he's doing a great job.
I don't get to see life as a soldier's girlfriend, and sometimes I'm very grateful because I know it must be harrowing to worry about the ones you love. My mom's best friend is that boy's mother, and it takes a toll on her, hoping every day that her son will be safe.
I can't imagine how hard it is to give your all, serve your country, and come back home injured or with inner wounds. I want to support the men and women who do, though.
I was watching a TV show about Vietnam with my dad a few months ago, and it really stuck with me how hard it was for the men who served there, what a hellish experience it was, and then when they finally survived and felt so glad to come home... there were people who hated them, and blamed them for everything people hated about Vietnam. I never want to see that happen again. We need to support the men and women who go overseas to die for us, and if we don't agree with the politics and decisions, then we need to work on making changes--not shaming or ignoring veterans.
Even though I can't really know what the veteran experience is like, it's a theme in my novella (Emerging From Cover) that's coming out from Musa publishing soon. The main character, Hanson, had a really hard time in Vietnam, and has been hiding out in the forest of Pennsylvania till he feels better. The story is about his journey from the forest, "emerging from cover," back into life as a civilian, and the people he helps along the way, and who help him. I love to read and write about friendship and emotional healing, whether in the context of veterans or others.
Even though I don't really know how anyone can heal from the wounds that sometimes come with serving in the armed forces, I'm grateful for those who don't give up.
My own dad was a 'soldier boy' (actually, a 'sailor boy!'), before I was born. It's so hard for me to imagine him as that 18-year-old dressed in his white hat--the same hat he let us kids use for dress-up years later.
There are so many people in America who are veterans or have loved them. Maybe that's enough reason to like 'Soldier Boy.'