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Thursday, August 10, 2006

I woke up early this morning, not to a glorious sunrise, but to news reports that the terrorists are trying to attack us again. After watching the news for a bit, I attempted to get a little more sleep - to no avail - and that's when I heard it. Coming from the bedroom down the hall, Caleb, my son, my angel, is laughing in his sleep. So, on behalf of a mother, I have a few things to say.

Thank you to the Military, both the US and our Allies, who are fighting evil where it lives, often using innocent lives as sheilds. Thank you to the Intellegence Agents, who put together bits and pieces of conversations, current events and the minutiae of everyday life in an attempt to stay one step ahead of the plots these terrorists conceive. Thank you to the Law Enforcement Agents, who respond to every report of suspicious activity, even when we are just being paranoid. I know I don't say "Thank You" enough, but if you weren't there, standing between us and the evil which is trying with every fiber of its being to obliterate us, my son would not be sleeping safely in his bed, giggling while he sleeps. Thank you.


Blogger Beth said...

Thank you for saying that! I feel the same way this morning.

7:23 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...


7:26 AM  
Anonymous PJ said...

Melanie, thank your TSA husband for all his hard work. My TSA husband was called in at 11pm last night. It was a long night waiting for info released to the public.
PJ (flight attendant)

7:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen to that Melanie!! I'm getting ready to get on a flight tomorrow and I know I will thank God for every minute I stand in line, knowing that they are being extra, extra careful. And if your husband works for the TSA, tell him thank you for me!
Dorothy (Missouri Star)

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen to that Melanie!! I'm getting ready to get on a flight tomorrow and I know I will thank God for every minute I stand in line, knowing that they are being extra, extra careful. And if your husband works for the TSA, tell him thank you for me!
Dorothy (Missouri Star)

8:43 AM  
Blogger Kary said...

Bravo dear Melanie ... Amen!

9:04 AM  
Anonymous Rhonda said...

Thank you for your heartfelt post. I heard the news this evening. Selfishly, my thoughts are with my husband, who is in NY on business. I pray he has a safe trip back home to Tokyo on Friday.

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I heard the news this morning on the way to work, I actually giggled to myself (and yes, I was half asleep). I thought about how fabulously the world works together to stop this kind of thing and repeatedly beats the bad guys. How frustrating for the terrorists! I love that good is winning over evil.

I am happy to stand in line longer than my flight to see my fabulous nephews if it means we are safe! Mindy

9:38 AM  
Blogger EvaLux said...

Okay, I've read this post, and walked away from it but decided to say something... I understand that you see it from your side, the american side of things... but if their plans had gone as they'd hoped they would, not only americans would have been "attacked". There would have been Europeans and other nationalities too.
Not only would all these different nationalities have been on board of those planes, but they also worked together with the americans to stop the plot.
Yes I am upset by your comments and I hope that you understand where I'm coming from...

cheers Eva - PS in case you want to respond: my e-mail might not be working so try eva_lux at yahoo dot com

10:02 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

WOW! I love all the comments! Just to clarify, my husband doesn't work for TSA, but PJ, thank your husband for us - it can't be easy trying to keep all of us safe - especially when we're in such wonderful moods when we travel. ;)

When I wrote this post, yes I wrote it as an American - I can't help that - I am an American. I in no way meant to disregard other countries and the work they do with ours to fight terrorism. By "us" I referred not to the US, but to everyone, all over the world who is fighting the evil that is terrorism. It is my understanding that Pakistani intelligence tipped the British off in the first place. I didn't mean to offend anyone, except the terrorists.

10:14 AM  
Anonymous LisaK said...

Amen. Thanks to everyone working to keep the evil from hurting innocent ones.

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Susan said...

I can see where you are coming from..I guess 9/11 will never be erased from people's memories. Its a horrible situation for everyone and speaking as an English and UK citizen, its difficult to understand why the thought even occurred to someone let alone contemplate actually carrying it out! We had the attack on London last year (7/7) in the underground (subway) and now this. The worst thing I think is the fact the terrorists are seemingly "British". Either born here or become British citizens and that is what makes me sad. We are a nation that is sometimes too soft with people and our government needs to close the borders and start helping its own people. I guess we could go on and debate this forever so I will end it there.

Great knitting blog by the way, I have been mooching about a little while, reading your entries and marvelling at your skill! I love the red aran cardigan you knitted, really beautiful.

All the best Melanie and you made me smile about your son Caleb laughing in his sleep....we all need to do that!!

4:55 PM  
Blogger Brandie said...

Melodee, you have a way with words. I completely agree and send out my thanks as well to all who help protect us.

5:07 PM  
Blogger Yarn Collectors Anonymous said...

I think you speak for most everyone! If shipping my luggage the week prior to travel and boarding a plane with nothing but the clothes on my back will make it safer then I'm all for it!! Just when you think it is such a terrible world and lose your hope you hear a sweet story like your son laughing in your sleep and it makes me realize there is always hope as long as there are the little ones around!!!

8:12 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

To the Anonymous Poster who has been deleted twice now: You have the right to your opinion. You should consider getting your own blog to post your opinion, rather than using mine. Coming to my blog is like coming into my living room. No one has the right to come into my space and call me names and act in a rude manner. I would throw you out of my home and I will delete you off of my blog. Hiding behind an Anonymous identity isn't very impressive. Take your foul language and rude behavior elsewhere - they aren't welcome here.

8:26 AM  

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