The Yellow Ribbon Comes Down

The fluffy new ribbon was posted in November of 2012

The fluffy new ribbon was posted in November of 2012

Monday night we hosted a Welcome Home party for Nelson. He arrived to the States from Afghanistan July 17, but he just arrived to our hometown this past Friday. Monday night is an odd day to host a gathering, but it was the only day he had free.

It was a fun evening. We picked up barbecue from our favorite restaurant, and had an assortment of other goodies out.

The guests came from all different parts of our life. Former and current neighbors, a favorite elementary school teacher of our son’s, church friends, family friends, work friends, most of whom had never even met Nelson. All came to welcome him home. We were happy to thank them for their support over the past nine months.

Nelson cut down the ribbon Monday night. Photo by Stanley Leary

Nelson cut down the tired ribbon Monday night.
Photo by Stanley Leary

The highlight of the evening for me came when we went out side so my son could cut the yellow ribbon down from the oak tree out front. When I first put the ribbon up the bow was big fluffy and cheerful. By last night it was dirty, droopy, and sad-looking. I wrote about the ribbon while he was still deployed. The ribbon became a symbol for how I felt inside after 9 months of worry and concern.

Nelson took out a pocket knife and cut the ribbon down at the end of the party Monday night. You can see the relief on my face in the photo my husband took once it was down.

A simple act that took seconds, but reminded us how fortunate we are to have him home.

The ribbon is down. He is home safe. photo by Stanley Leary

The ribbon is down. He is home safe.
photo by Stanley Leary

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2 Responses

  1. Sweet! So glad you’re all reunited!

    Your post reminded me of a story from last week — a Wisconsin-based Honor Flight group took the first-ever group of Vietnam veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials…when they returned to Oshkosh, they were greeted with a huge welcome, care packages and performances by the Lt. Dan Band….and Tony “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Old Oak Tree” Orlando! 🙂

    http://www.jsonline.com/news/emotions-flow-at-first-ever-honor-flight-for-vietnam-veterans-b9967390z1-218173462.html

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