The Last Someday ~ A Memorial

Originally posted, May 2012


I’ve been thinking a lot about that sneaky word – Someday

… about how I let it rob me of time I thought I had… and what am I going to do about that now?

… about my parents as they face major change.  As Mom said the other day, “he just never thought this would end”.

… about these soldiers who thought ~~ someday I will be home… marry her… finish school… buy a house.

Arlington National Cemetary

Was someday supposed to end like this?  Really?

I’ve been to Washington D.C. many times, but last year was my first visit to the WWII Memorial.

We found my Dad’s name on the list of Honorees…

…there he is…  Robert H. Jamison – Seattle, Washington – U.S. Army

He was a lucky one.  He came home and pursued his somedays.  And like most of us… he let a lot of them slip through his fingers.

These Gold Stars… each one represents 100 American service personnel lost in WWII.  There are 4,048 gold stars on the wall.

That is a lot of somedays never realized.

To the lives each star represents, to the sons and daughters they never knew, to the moms and pops and sweethearts who answered the knock at the door… my deepest and forever thank you.

To those of us living in a land bought and paid for by unimaginable sacrifice… how can we do less than live each day to the full?  How do we dare waste another minute?

The best thanks… live the life you were created for.

Gold Star Wall – WWII Memorial

6 thoughts on “The Last Someday ~ A Memorial

  1. Wonderful quote, “The best thanks is to live the life you were created for.” Amen! The trick, is figuring out what that is, but waiting around for someday doesn’t work, as you so well said. Keep trying, I guess is the best we can do. The soldiers kept trying, until their last breath. We must do the same.
    Have a great weekend, hopefully with some time with “your” soldiers!


  2. Good thoughts shared here today, Brooke. For many of us ‘someday’ is a little like the ’round tuit’, an excuse to procrastinate about something, but few of us have good reasons to do so.

    None of my relatives lost lives during wars. My father and uncle did their WWII service within Canada, but my FIL served at Vimy Ridge in France.

    Our May long weekend was for Victoria Day last weekend (commemorating the birthday of Queen Victoria, the first sovereign of Canada after Confederation, as well as marking the official birthday of the current monarch, Queen Elizabeth). I hope you enjoy your weekend now.


    1. Thanks, Carol. My husband actually has a little coin with “round tuit” on it – – have gotten a few laughs with that. Ever since Doug and I married (forty-something, something years ago!) I’ve tracked with the Canadian holidays as he and his family are all from there. In fact, a couple of his cousins arrive here next week for a visit – -it will be fun for sure! This weekend is yardwork and thankfully the weather is holding:)


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