This past Monday was Veteran's Day, and though our family didn't officially give thanks in a formal way, we went on a long hike, and we talked about the meaning of the day with our littles, Porter, our six-year-old son, and Campbell, our four-year-old daughter. We wanted them to understand that it was more than just a day off school.
We didn't go into great detail. A fact that was brought to my attention by the conversation they had in the car on the way to school Thursday:
Campbell: I can't wait for show and tell at school today! I'm so excited!
Porter: Why? What are you sharing?
Campbell: I'm sharing my veterinarian game!
Porter: Oh, that's cool. Is it "V" day at school?
Campbell: (sighing) No, Po! It's for Veterinarian's Day, o'course!
Porter: Cam, you're too late for that. It was last Monday.
Campbell: Well, I didn't have school on Monday, and Thursday is show and tell day, so I'm sharing it today.
Porter: Well, you're really late, because Veterinarian's Day was on Monday.
It then sunk in. They had no idea about Veteran's Day, and probably were under the impression that all the veterinarians in the U.S.A. were out fighting for our freedom. And that all of the veterinarians in the past had fought for our independence and rights. They know all about the sacrifices veterinarians make for their families, and how some even die for our country.
They probably wondered who was taking care of all the sick animals.
It took me about three different explanations to untether a veteran and a veterinarian in their minds, and I'm honestly not sure I was successful. They probably just told me "we get it" so that I'd shut up about the whole confusing mess. This is what happens when your mom is a pet sitter.
So on behalf of our family, however belated, I'd like to send out a big THANK YOU to all of our veterans...and veterinarians.