And more importantly, happy Veterans Day.
When Rob started college in the fall of 2008, we were both shocked to learn that his school did not honor Veterans Day. Well, more correctly, the core offices (Financial Aid, Admissions, Bursar) get the day off but students still attend classes. We were both pretty infuriated by this especially given that the school gives the entire school a free day for Columbus Day. Seriously, Maine?
Rob decided back then to protest the fact that he had to attend class by going to class...well, inebriated. Rob and I are only moderate drinkers and I typically don't encourage anyone to drink a lot, but dammit, I think my husband gets to do pretty much whatever he wants on Veterans Day. The funny thing is, he's managed to include a lot of other people in on this, to the point at which most of his friends--those of legal drinking age, anyway--show up to class on Veterans Day in solidarity with Rob, with Nalgene bottles full of vodka cranberries and screwdrivers. The other funny thing is that he always seems to have a test or important lab on Veterans Day, and he always manages to totally rock it and get a really high grade.
Also, as part of this tradition, I take Rob out to eat and enjoy a few drinks to, in Rob's words, "honor the people who don't get to have a drink today."
So, this year I will be celebrating Veterans Day by driving my husband to and from classes and I couldn't be happier. However you choose to celebrate Veterans Day, please take a second today to remember the sacrifices of our veterans and if you know one, say thanks or give them a hug.
Below, I offer you my two favorite veteran-related songs, which were introduced to me some years ago by my darling husband. Both of them can make me cry any time I listen to them, but even more so on Veterans Day. These songs are written by Eric Bogle, and though they specifically refer to the first World War, the message is timeless.