Remember the selfless ones

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Last week, I got a knock at my door. It was my neighbor Tarek. He was dressed in full uniform and his eyes showed sadness.

I smiled upon seeing him, and greeted him immediately.

He said, "I got the call. I'm in the active reserve and I have to go."

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I was quite sad, and although I haven't known him for very long, I was looking forward to spending some time with him.

I gave him a hug and we said our goodbyes.

That same evening, my brother Ryan called and was talking about the current situation in the United States. He said that he wanted to enlist so that he could help with the efforts to bring peace to the world again. I told him that I didn't blame him for wanting to go, but that with his new baby, he should really think about it.

I didn't want him to go. I didn't like the idea of him rushing off to join the military, leaving me and my family to worry. I didn't like the idea that I would spend sleepless nights thinking about him and wondering if he was ok, if he was eating enough, and when he would come home

if he would come home.

Later on, I realized how selfish I was in thinking all of those things., and that there are many families who face this reality and fear every day.

My love, support and prayers go out to all those mothers, father, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, wives and husbands who have had to say a goodbye to their loved ones, even if it is only temporary.

My prayers go out to those who are fighting for the United States and keeping the rest of us living in a free world.

We are blessed to be a part of this nation. We are blessed to have so many who are so willing to fight for our freedoms, without consideration for their own lives.

This weekend, remember those who may not be looking forward to a restful Saturday and Sunday. Remember that without those who are willing to be selfless, the rest of us would have no opportunity to be selfish in our freedoms.