Sunday, May 3, 2009

Something awful... It rocked my world!

Ok ladies, I'm not sure if any of you have been faced with something like this before but I hope for your sakes- not. So today I was driving down Academy Blvd (a major road here in Colorado Springs) and there is this cemetery on the right that I pass probably a dozen times a week. Every now and again I'll see a funeral taking place, people gathered around tombstones or chairs set up beneath a tent. But today as I was driving by I glance over casually; my eyes immediately drawn to flag-draped casket in the distance. I saw the tent with chairs filled with family and friends... I don't know why it really went the way it did but a thousand thoughts passed through my mind and I started crying immediately. I was completely overwhelmed but couldn't force myself to look away. I don't know why but when I glanced over casually (as I usually do when I drive by) I became fixated and as emotional as the sight was to see... I couldn't stop. Granted this entire experience lasted all of 2 minutes tops, while I was stopped at the light. All of a sudden I was being honked at; which startled me but got me moving past what I was staring at. Either way it motivated me to get going. I cried like a fool all the way home.

I'm not really sure what else to say about this but really I just needed to get it off my chest!

6 comments:

Crazy Shenanigans said...

I haven't had that happen but yesterday I was at the airport and I saw a girl saying goodbye to her bf going back from R&R. She was sobbing and couldn't stop crying to even give him a kiss goodbye. It was so sad. As soon I got to the car I was crying.

Random things can affect us.....

Jon and Steph said...

I've done something similar to this before, it's strange how things like that can affect us!

I was at one of my brothers plays (I've seen him in at least 10) and something took over me and I just started sobbing right there in the middle of the play. Who knows maybe it was the fact that he was amazing or that he was growing up before my eyes, but I couldn't help but cry.

Mrs. G.I Joe said...

Well of course it would have made you cry and I understand why! I never lived in a military town before this, so I have never seen a military funeral, but if my husband were deployed again and I had saw that I would be crying too...You probably just really needed that cry girl...Just letting out your fear through tears...

Paula said...

I know when I drive by the bases here in San Diego I get chills and such a sence of pride. I have not seen a funeral but I think your reaction was totally understandable. I would have had the same reaction. When I see news footage of the troops returning home I get a lump in my throat and tears are just under the surface. And I agree with your friend who said that you probably needed a good cry. Love you
Mom

Nikki said...

My friend's father that just passed away had a military funeral. I was crying so hard that I couldn't breathe. I see things like this that really touch me all the time. I was driving home past the recruiters office one day and I saw the guys crossing the street in their uniforms. I started bawling my eyes out LOL. There is a lot of emotions that you are dealing with while the hubbie is away. I think it's ok to breakdown every now and then and I think it's ok to be touched by patriotic things.

I would have had the same reaction as you!

lola said...

I walked past the section in Arlington (Section 60) where all the KIA from Iraq/Afghanistan are buried (along with more recently passed veterans) and seeing how many more people were there, seeing a woman kneeling up against a gravestone... I was in tears. I so feel you on how close this hits to home.