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Billy’s Bag of Sweetness – Gig Line #196


By Marsha M. Brown

A few days ago I was thinking about GIG LINE and what I wanted to write about this week when my Valentine ‘sweetie pie’ Billy came into the room with a pre-holiday bag of heart shaped candy. There was white and pink marshmallow “Peeps” (he knows I’m a ‘Peep’ addict) and a bag of the little multi-colored hearts inscribed with endearing words…you know the kind…we’ve all either received or given them to somebody at one time or another in our life. As kids we gave them to our classmates along with handmade red construction paper hearts trimmed with white paper doilies…sometimes our little candy messages were glued to the paper offerings…remember? I looked at the bag of morsels and opened it zeroing in on my favorite colors…orange, pink and yellow. Some of the words were clearly written and some not so much but with my raging sweet tooth it mattered not, I was happy Billy had thought of me bringing the little bag of sweetness days before Valentine’s Day even got here.

Suddenly the thought occurred to me about the words I would inscribe on the sweet   little hearts for him if I could make them. Deserving characteristics about Billy, the man I love so much, filled my head. The richness of his character made me smile and when I considered how I would describe him (as my husband) they would read…”Best Friend”, “Lover”, “Devoted”, “A+ Father”, “Soul Mate”, “Christian”, “Intelligent”, “Honest” “Handsome”, “Talented”, “Remarkable”, “Inspiring”, “Kind”, “Outstanding”, “Patient”, “Accomplished”, “Good Natured“, “Funny”, “Precious”, “Hard Working”, “Supportive”, “Caring”, “Giving”, “Thoughtful”, “Generous”, “A Friend to All”, “Good Provider”…the list was endless…it truly was…and a lot of it came not only from my heart but from the heart of others who know him…I’m so blessed to be his wife.

Then, I thought about how I look upon him as a veteran and I would add more candy hearts that would read…”My Hero”, “Brave”, “Tough”, “Patriotic”, “Proud”, “U. S. Army Strong”, “Vietnam Veteran”, “Skilled”, “Courageous”, “Protector”, “Strong”, “Tenacious”, “Steadfast”, “Unselfish”, “Committed”, “Loyal to Country”, “Defender”, “Rugged”, “A Leader”, “Good Soldier”, “Mentor”, “Over Achiever”, “Brother to All” and the descriptions of my darling’s character having served our country proudly and with honor just kept coming…and coming.

Billy’s bag of candy would be a collection of the words that best describe him as a man of God, a true patriot of our nation and one of if not the greatest blessings in my life. The fact that we have shared almost 48 years together (this coming July – yay!) rejoicing over the good times and best times…the birth of our children Bill and Bonnie and our grandchildren…first and foremost…realizing that our prayers have been heard and answered …and just being there for each other has been my greatest Valentine each and every day. I am a blessed women and I thank God for my sweet, precious husband daily…not just because the calendar says to.

Love is a wonderful thing…it makes us want to be better…no, not just better…rather the best we can be.

My Billy is one of the most significant ways in which God showed Himself to me and I cherish each day that we’re in this world together sharing our ups and downs, hardships and trials, accomplishments, heartaches and joys together.

I pray for each of you who might read this GIG LINE – that you have or have had a love like that in your life. I hope that when you look upon the person who sits by you at the dinner table or lies with you at night – that you see them as your blessing too. I hope you embrace what and who God has given you and love them more deeply than ever before. I pray that you celebrate their goodness, forgive their booboos and your own and that you realize that life isn’t and people aren’t always perfect.

As for all of our veterans…I love you all so much. I thank you for what you have done for our country defending it, protecting it, suffering for it and dying for it. I hope with all my heart on this Valentine’s Day 2016 that you commit to being the best you can be for you first…love yourself, your family and your country. Love God too. He never promised we would never see hard times but He did promise to be with us through them and I have personally found His word to be true more times than I can count.

Thank you for reading GIG LINE. Thank you for caring about our veterans…their spouses, family members or and friends. And when you see a bag of little hearts…think of your love and how you would describe them…then tell them.

If you would like to contact me: editor@giglineheroes.com or call: (252) 202-2058. Until next time, love each other and even more importantly…love yourself. Embrace who you are and remember as a veteran, you are someone we look up to. Love those around you and love them to the fullest. Be happy, be safe and be proud. God bless you all. Stay tuned.

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Marsha M. Brown has been writing a weekly Gig Line since 2012.  Marsha is the widow of Vietnam War, U.S. Army, veteran Billy Brown of Manteo, NC.  She was instrumental in establishing the Dare County Veterans Advisory Council and maintains an active role in the veteran community. You can reach Marsha with questions or suggestions at editor@giglineheroes.com.  Have a story to tell or a veteran to feature? She would love to hear from you!

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