"We're all just walking each other home." - - Ram Dass

Friday, March 16, 2012

Five Minute Friday: Taste of Freedom

This week's word: Brave

They stood frozen in anticipation. Their first taste of freedom being bought by lives. 


Flags gripped tight in dimpled hands.
 placed where heart and belly meet.

Waiting breathlessly to say 'thank you' to real men and women of bravery, as they marched directly across their land.

And as they past by us, we made witness to the years dedicated to our service. 

My heart, beat deep in time to the music, low and strong with the drum
when the new recruits, with the set jaws of youth, filed past.

oh, my mama eyes wild to find sight of my babies
wanting to protect them -  feel the reassuring weight of them by my side.

Knowing somewhere, these young boys mamas
were praying silently for a tomorrow to do the same.

I found them in the steady arms of their father
carrying the weight of these young lives with ease
teaching them to hold tight to 
and mercy

.... that it is the duty of us all.


  1. Lovely post. I love a parade and your post reminds me of the Memorial Day parades my family used to go to every year when my children were little.

  2. Simply beautiful! I loved the way you used words and pictures to describe bravery! I felt like I was right there with you, seeing it myself.

  3. This is beyond beautiful. Incredibly touching and lovely.

    Thank you for using so many pictures to tell the story. I love it!

  4. first let me say...the pictures are just lovely...oh your little one is adorable...and I love what you wrote...yes...honor,love and mercy...blessings~

  5. You knocked one out of the park Tara!! Awesome!!!

  6. Love this and all the pics. Your title reminds me of the movie Braveheart when he shouts FREEDOM!!! Blessings girl.

  7. These men and women have made such an enormous sacrifice, and given so much to our country, I'm glad you took your family out to honor them.

    Great pictures!

  8. I want to squeeze Ava's cute little hand and look at her in the eyes and tell her what a special mama she has. Love the photos and your words that take me right beside you waving a flag and standing in awe.

  9. What an amazing teaching moment. This is awesome that you are teaching your children to honor those who give their lives for our freedom! Such a beautiful post... in words and in pictures!

  10. Oh, your daughter looks completely captivated! love it.
    You are amazing, Tara. Thank you for stirring my heart today.

  11. Tara, beautiful, precious. thank you for this. tears in my eyes.

  12. Looking at these young men just breaks my heart. They are so brave and I am so grateful.

  13. Beautiful post, and such vivid images. I am an ex-military bratt and I cannot look at images like this, ever without welling up. Such a tender post. Thank you, my friend.

  14. Ahhh, cool take on bravery.

    I just popped over after reading one of your comments at Theresa's to say I believe in you. I believe you possess a gift. There is true beauty in how you express words and a real way in which people connect with what you say.

    Um, yep, and that's all.

  15. your words and images have been woven together wonderfully, a beautiful salute to bravery!

  16. love this. and the pics are adorable, too. :-)
    blessings to you this day!

  17. This is just beautiful. Thank you, and thanks for your kind comment on my post. Bless you and your family.

  18. Brought tears to my eyes as I thought about the ones who serve and who have given their lives...the bravery of the armed forces is important to teach to our children...Thank you for sharing your thoughts and the pictures! :)

  19. Bravery indeed! :-) Love the photos!
    Thank you for commenting on my post, bringing me here!

  20. I always get choked up reading posts honoring our soldiers. They truly are the brave. Thanks for teaching your children. :)

  21. I believe our soldiers are the bravest of the brave.

    Your pictures and your words are a beautiful tribute. What a blessing you are!

  22. Thank you for reminding me to honor the true and brave... I pray that I am able to raise children who know what their freedom cost and give honor and thanks to those who who fight to defend it... Thank you for this beautiful post.