Last time we went out to visit Micheal’s grave I noticed the 101st Airborne flag I had put there was becoming tattered and needed replaced. I asked the wife of one of the men who served with Micheal if she could pick one up at the Post museum gift shop for me and I would send her the money for it. She said she would be glad to do it and not to send any money. A few days later her husband popped on her messenger and told me he was mailing it out with a gift for me enclosed.
A couple days later the package arrived and in it I found the flag I had requested and the most beautiful locket in the shape of a dog tag with the army emblem on the front. I will be taking it to have the back engraved. Of course a picture of Micheal will go in it. But as I stood on the porch this evening I remembered that packed away in a box in the loft I have Micheal’s baby book and in it a locket of his hair from his first hair cut. His Great Grandpa gave him his first hair cut when he was about a year old. His grandma didn’t think it was short enough. She liked the flat top look. I will be climbing up into the loft tomorrow to find that locket of hair and I will put it in the locket. And I will wear the locket at all times and have a little piece of my son with me.
Thank you Jeremy and Kara… not only for the locket but for you friendship. You are two amazing people and I am so proud to have you in my life.