Caregiving for warriors and veterans seems to be getting more intense, though we cannot put our finger on the reason. There are no doubt many. Yet, as caregivers, no matter the circumstances, you all step up and master the next step, even under sometimes harrowing conditions. So what is a good description of the mighty Caregiver?
Caregivers are a combination of grace under pressure, power and strength, and compassionate fortitude to go the extra mile(s).
If you were a flower, what would you be? Consider the simple daisy. It is a tall flower with a slender stem, but it holds up a large, sturdy flower and bends with the winds, even at their highest levels. Rarely do daisies blow over, but when they do, the next day, they are standing tall, faces to the sun. You too stand tall, carrying a heavy load, swaying sometimes in fierce winds, but you are indomitable. You also do this year after year, just as the perennial daisy.
If you were an animal, what best describes you? How about a Mama Grizzly bear, known for her fierce loyalty, deep instincts, and extraordinary protection of her brood. Daily, you too exhibit this tenacity, and nothing will get in the way of obtaining care for your warrior, even if it means you look after yourself last. But, like the Grizzly, you choose your battles wisely so that you will conserve energy and knowledge to get yet another step ahead in recovery.
And, if you were a vehicle, what do you envision? Certainly that snappy little convertible is fast, but for protection, perhaps you are the most tricked-out, armored, armed, and serious vehicle in the United States, “The Beast”, that can go anywhere, anytime. You’re hard to penetrate, built to withstand much, provide protection for your family, and you roll on. You’re built for the long journey, while also looking sharp for important events, because showing your best face forward is how you share your confidence.
Finally, you have the biggest heart, the widest embrace, and the best smile in the universe for those who’ve earned your trust. We salute you this Flag Day; Caregivers are amazing people and patriots!