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Friday, May 20, 2011

Pink Saturday - my new gloves

I haven't participated in Pink Saturday for awhile - things have been quite hectic.

One of the things we've had going on, is truly amazing. Last Labor Day, we came

home from the lake - as usual. My DH arrived home before I did, and I was surprised to see he was talking on the phone. Let me tell you - he RARELY talks on the phone, but he was truly engrossed in this conversation. Giving details about our life - how many kids, grandchildren, etc., etc. I was puzzled, but went about unpacking from the 3 day weekend.

When he got off the phone, he came into the house and was very quiet. He came to me and in a very quiet voice said, "That was one of the guys I was in Vietnam with. He tracked me down."


I have to tell you I was shocked. It had been 40 years since these boys had served together, and never had we heard a word from anyone. My husband is not good with names, and the few times we talked about it, he couldn't remember enough about anyone to do any looking. And frankly, he wasn't that anxious to do so. But, thanks to William DeMusey, that is all changed now. The men in the 3/17th Air Calvery, 1969-1970, no longer have to wonder. They have been able to contact all but one of the men - (no one can remember his first name - he was Sargent *). They lost 3 in the 13 months they served, and 7 have passed since then. I can't explain the roller coaster of emotions that we've experienced since then. But, 2 weeks ago, we met with 2 of the men. Spent 4 days with one of them, then joined with another for 2 more days. Listening to these guys talk about their experience, was an eye opener for me. I think the thing that got me more than anything was - they were only 17 and 18 years old, mere children. The responsibility these boys were given is astounding, embarassing, horrifying. Yes, when I was that age, I thought I was grown up - mature - even got married at 17. But, to think the our Grandson is only 2 years away from that, freaks me out. I am so humbled at their sacrifice.


We had a wonderful time, and can't wait to meet up with even more of the men, on down the road.


I was in tears when I saw what the monument said, as we walked up. This could not have been more perfect for these men. How proud us 3 wives are of them.
After spending some time together we found out that we all shared an

interest - in antiques! So, off we went to find the nearest

antique store. And look what I found!


I spotted them across the less than crowded room.
They called to me quietly at first, but the cry quickly grew.

I'm looking for a sundress to go with my new pink gloves, I'm going to wear a hat and the gloves - to church!
I have them lying on a table, along with my gloves I wore to my Sr. prom. They have the perfect pearly button decorations on the wrist.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I'm joining Beverly for this wonderful day dedicated to all of us Pink Lovers!

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27 comments:

  1. HI Sandi~
    What a very special time everyone must've had. That had to be so good for them to reunite and for the ladies to get to know each other. Thanks for sharing that. I am so in awe of those who protect our country.
    Happy Pink Saturday

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  2. Beautiful gloves. I'm visiting over from Pink Saturday.
    Have a terrific weekend.
    Viola

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  3. What a wonderful story about the Viet-Nam friends getting together after 40 yrs. and so much in common, specially the sacrifice they made as teens! wow! I love your pink gloves, great for Pink Saturday! Have a great weekend.
    FABBY

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  4. I'm so happy that all of the guys had the chance to meet up...it put a lump in my throat! It was nice that you got to meet the wives as well, I love those pretty gloves. Do you collect them?

    XO,
    Jane

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  5. What a beautiful story, and although the hardships that these men must have lived through as boys, it must have been wonderful to meet up and spend time together again.
    Love your pink gloves too...a wonderful find and a great reminder of your time spent with these men.
    HPS
    Michelle

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  6. What a moving story. So nice that they met again after all this time.

    The gloves are lovely, toos

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  7. What a great story about your husband and his service buddies. It is interesting they all liked going to antique malls. Men usually do not care about it. Those are neat pink gloves. You do not see many wearing them anymore.

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  8. I grew up in the era of gloves and wore them in my wedding. I loved them, especially the ones that were kid and went all the way up to the elbow. Love your sweet post.

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  9. Hi Sandi...I can see why you had to leave with those pink gloves! Love them.
    Happy Pink Saturday to you...xo Tami

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  10. Sandi, I love the picture of the men together. My hubby served in Viet Nam War also. It is very emotional to see the reunions.

    Those pink gloves would look FABULOUS on my cake stand ... chuckle.

    Glad you had a wonderful time.

    Have a fabulous PS weekend,
    TTFN ~
    Hugs,
    Marydon

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  11. I completely understand the VietNam story, my husband spent two tours over there. It is always so emotional for the guys when they get together and talk stories. And the gloves are gorgeous!! HPS,
    Brenda

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  12. Such a touching story. So happy he found you guys. I'm sure there were many, many stories shared. Glad you found some lovely pink gloves.
    Ann

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  13. What a touching story- and a teriffic find... PINK GLOVES!!!

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  14. Oops- I hit the wrong button and didn't get a chance to say goodbye!

    Sparkly Hugs and a Happy Pink Saturday,
    Tobi and the Pixies!

    PS- come visit- I am having a giveaway!!

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  15. You can't explain it unless you've experienced it. Don reconnected with a few of his Nam buddies as well. It was a very emotional experience for him.

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  16. Wonderful and touching post!
    Have a wonderful weekend and PS!
    Smiles~
    Cricket

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  17. The gloves are fabulous. What I liked/loved even more was the story of your husband reuniting with such special old friends. It gave me a feeling in my heart that, though I can't describe, you probably understand.

    What a wonderful experience.

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  18. Happy Pink Saturday
    I LOVE these. I am having a Jane Austen phase and they would be amazing to alter.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  19. Lovely post..Happy Pink Saturday...

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  20. Beautiful story...it makes me cry! How wonderful to be reunited after all these years. Your gloves are gorgeous. Please post a picture with you in your hat and sundress! Happy Pink Saturday!
    Denise

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  21. Good Morning,

    A very touching story. I teach high school and often wonder the same thing when they tell me they are joining the service. My heart breaks for them because they are so young and they will see more then their young hearts and eyes should at that age, but I am grateful for them and all who watch over our country. Thanks for sharing.

    Happy Pink Saturday!!
    Have a Wonderful Day and Blessed Week!!!
    Warm Wishes, CindyLew

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  22. Happy Pink Saturday Sandi Sweetie...
    What a special time was had by all. I can see that in the photo. How wonderful to be reunited after all this time. I simply adore the photo of them by the wall. Yes it does say it all. Brought tears to my eyes as my DH served in Viet Nam as well.

    How fun that you all loved antiques as well, and were able to go and share a little fun together. I love your beautiful pink find. How gorgeous is that color? I love it.

    Thank you so much for sharing with me today. I so enjoyed my visit. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

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  23. What a wonderful story and the gloves are lovely! lilies-of-the-valley

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  24. I could take you to several antique shops in Wichita. which one did you get them in?
    mom

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  25. How emotional it must have been for you all. Please thank them all for their contribution to our country. You're right. They were mere boys who gave so much for us.
    Your antique shopping really paid off-two beautiful pairs of gloves! Hope you have a wonderful pink week!!

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  26. Amazing, and what a beautiful picture...how fitting that the women that designed that monument was but 17 herself when she did so...I believe that I read that just recently and I believe she is Asian...Pinkim from TrulySimplyPink

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  27. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. It was very touching!! I adore your gloves. I'm so glad I stopped by.

    Hugs, LisaKay
    https://bellesrosesromantiques.blogspot.com

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