With Tommy being an Army veteran with 6+ years experience as an active duty medic, he’s no stranger to loss. He’s witnessed his fellow brothers in arms give the ultimate sacrifice that paid for our country’s freedom, some of whom he had never met before, others that he considered to be almost family. On this day every year, there is one particular person that he calls to mind that he has lost. We’ve talked about this man, who he was, what he meant to Tommy, and what happened. I hate that Tommy has come to know this pain and that he must live with it.
Our boys are still too young to understand exactly what this day is all about, but one day, they will. They will understand that we are fortunate to still have Tommy in our lives and that there are many families across the nation that must live every day without a loved one because they made the ultimate sacrifice so we could be free. Today, we remember those brave men and women who are no longer with us. Today, we honor them.
+Tie Dye Shirts
I decided that an easy craft that I could do with Mason to honor this special day is to tie dye some shirts red and blue! I found a Tulip paint kit from Walmart on sale that had red, yellow, green, blue, and magenta dye. It came with tons of rubber bands, several pairs of gloves, and a detailed instruction booklet that showed you how to make different designs. We did a red and blue shirt for each of us and a onesie for Jensen. I also did 2 more shirts and onesies using all the different colors. I just love how they turned out!
It was a fun, but messy process. Mason lost interest early on, so I was left to dye the shirts on my own. Mason isn’t a huge fan of getting dirty (say what?!) so I wasn’t too surprised. He did, however, love how the shirts came out!