Gratitude Journal//U.S. Navy

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I haven’t written very much about a new journey of ours, so let me catch you up. Matt’s grandfather moved in with us over a month ago. I was a difficult decision for all of us to make; but it was the right one nonetheless. Over the last five years while dating Matt, I have had the privilege of getting to know his Grandpa Joe more and more. The stories about his life are enticing to hear. So much has changed in our world in the last eighty-five years!

One of the things I respect most about Grandpa Joe is that he served for our county in the United States Navy. He even worked in the United States Naval Photographic Center for a while, somewhere in the Pentagon. How inspiring is that?!? But Joe’s true passion was music. So this past Saturday evening, Matt and I took him to see the United States Navy Band: Sea Chanters at our local Junior High School. Matt and I learned that the Navy Band Sea Chanters is the United States Navy’s official chorus. The ensemble performs a variety of music ranging from traditional choral music, including sea chanteys and patriotic fare, to opera, Broadway, and contemporary music. Their mission is to provide musical support to the President of the United States, the Department of the Navy (DON), and other senior military and government officials. Want to see them perform??

THEY. WERE. AMAZING. 

They sang a wide range of music, were thoroughly entertaining and Grandpa Joe knew about 80% of all the songs!! He sang right along with them. At the end of the concert, Chief Musician Adam Tyler, asked all the Veterans to stand as each of their song was played. When the Navy song played, Grandpa Joe stood right up.

I have never been more thankful for the men and women who have served and our serving our country. Being at that concert was a wake up call for me – and one I desperately needed. There are so many more important things going on in this world than a broken phone or a delayed closing or being unhappy for a day. What about all the family who deal with pain and suffering everyday? What about the stress of our armed forces and their officers? I also realized while being at this concert, that while Matt and I have taken on a whole new level of responsibility – taking care of another person – I can’t let the little things bother me.

My new motto? “Let it go”

Sooner than later,

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  1. I’ve never heard the United States Navy Band, but now I’m going to seek them out! Thanks for this post and the review.

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