Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Off Topic: Our Response to Senator Kerry's Remarks

This is a blog about parenting a child/adult with special needs. We try to keep it focused on that topic. However, we are also a family. My husband is the proud father of four adult children and 12 grandchildren. Billy Ray and I are glad to have become a part of his family.

When someone demeans Billy Ray, I have been called a Mother Bear and worse. The same emotion came out in Larry and I today when we watched a news report of Senator John Kerry's remarks: "You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. And if you don't, you get stuck in Iraq," (Copied from www.foxnews.com ). He was later to say he wouldn’t apologize for what was a botched joke and criticism of the President. We didn’t see it that way. We saw him attacking Michael. We could attack Kerry with our own angry comments, instead we choose to introduce you to Captain Michael R. Morgan, Intelligence Officer, US Army National Guard.

Michael was in the U.S. Air Force for 4 years before marrying. After a divorce he remained the custodial parent of his four children and went back to college to further his education. Larry and I have often talked about his organizational skills at providing for their needs and care. Larry likes to tell of how he handled the morning routine like the military. He is a great Dad.

Michael went to Iraq but he wasn’t stuck there because he failed to get an education and work hard. He has a degree in Environmental and Biological Sciences and a management position for the Corp. of Engineers. He went to Iraq and other international assignments out of duty. He left his children and his wife to do his duty.

Michael and his wife have been there for us repeatedly. They were here when Billy Ray was on the ventilator with an uncertain future. Billy Ray loves all his stepsiblings but he knows Mike best because of their frequent visits and they have a special bond for which I will always be grateful.

We see Michael as being there for our country the way he is there for his family.

If you are the parents of a service man or woman in any country, you could probably share similar pride.

Larry and Peggy Morgan

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