“…people sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” – 1993 Washington Times essay by Richard Grenier
Was at our friends’ house today. I’ve been there on many occasions, but today really just noticed the framed medals, photos, and memorabilia discreetly displayed in their dining room. My husband couldn’t choose a better group of friends, colleagues, mentors, or role models.
We wives tease a lot about the bromances among our menfolk, but I couldn’t be prouder.
Truth be told, sometimes I’m just DYING to tell the whole world of the incredible, freakish acts of heroism I hear during their hushed conversations, but then realize how much they need OUR protection too. So I say nothing, I evade answering questions too directly, or just smile and change the subject.
They are truly are silent professionals – never apt to sell their stories to movie producers or discuss them outside of their community – they avoid the limelight and are quite wary of those who do. Few can understand why these men are the way they are, why they do the things they do, or why they think the way they think. But I think that’s part of what makes them special. . . and so effective.
My husband is exceptional at what he does, he surrounds himself with exceptional people, and he aspires to work among them. It brings tears of pride to see him sacrifice as he does just for the chance to follow in their footsteps.
What a surreal and inspiring community of cheeky monkeys. They are not heroes or supermen to be idolized or worshipped, they are as all men should be.