“If you are reading this, you should know that I am dead,” wrote a 27-year-old Army wife on her blog last year, before she attempted to take her own life. Jessica Harp’s blog post rippled through the military spouse community. I know what she feels like. It could have been me. Suddenly, the struggles of military spouses made it to the national stage. And there are lots of them. Of course there are the extended separations, keeping house by your lonesome, the uncertainty of where your partner is or what they’re doing or if they’re in harm’s way. But the military spouse endures so many other less obvious trials. And while these are shared daily in the military spouse community, particularly in its highly active online arm, they’re probably rarely discussed by most Americans who are preoccupied with their own work-family issues.
Marcella C. Sparks and Son, Stephen
The above link and article along with the photo of Jessica reminded me that my own Mother, Marcella, was just 27 when I was born on July 6, 1946. Mom waited all of WWII with first son, Jerry, for Dad, Vernon, to return home. When visiting with Mother this past week, she was telling me about how scared she was most of the time during WWII. Even though she had a telephone, there were no phone calls. There was the rare letter. But mostly, she didn’t know from one day to the next where her husband was nor whether he was safe, wounded, or alive. Mother is a survivor, like all military moms and spouses of the past and on this day too… We should take time each day to honor military moms and spouses everywhere. I am proud of my Mom, and feel grateful she is still with us and can share her experiences and we can honor her service to America too… Steve Sparks Author Reconciliation: A Son’s Story
When we arrived at Mono Lake en-route to Tonopah. Nevada, it was dusk. There was still enough light to stop and have a look see. At this point we were in the vicinity of Yosemite National Park to the east. Our travels will take us to Las Vegas via Tonopah, then on to Mesquite, Nevada close to Zion National Park. Mono Lake and the surrounding area is very unique and beautiful high desert area. The websites and information below will provide more detail for your review, and to contemplate your own visit, if you have not already traveled to this area. The photos on the 2nd website really provide a full appreciation of Mono Lake’s various presentations depending on what time of the year or time of day. We stayed awhile, then got on 120 east to Tonopah. Tioga Pass was a surprise because we expected a desert but drove through a beautiful well managed pine forest that appeared to be sculpted by nature and clear of any sign of underbrush. The winds really kick up around here so we observed from the warning signs. We finally made it to Tonopah, an old silver mining town half way to Las Vegas about 9:30pm on evening of September 17, 2012. Judy and I really like the freedom of travel so far without any real schedule to follow or need to think about returning home anytime soon. The adventure and romance is just beginning… The feeling of peace and freedom is ever present… Steve Sparks Author Reconciliation: A Son’s Story P.S. Judy took some gorgeous photos of sunset along the way…