"It's not about living forever, Jackie. It's about living with yourself forever" ~ Pirates of the Caribbean, 2007.
Carol is the mother of 4 soldier sons, all Army Infantry. Carol says, "My husband and I used to be "hippies" and lived in tipis, earth houses etc. I was even arrested (30 years ago mind you) for demonstrating at the Trident Nuclear submarine base! So it seems incredibly ironic that all of our children joined the Army. But I think it has so much to do with these present times and their unwillingness to sit around and let others do all the work of protecting our freedom. So I am immeasurably proud of them and all the other service men and women for making this very tough choice, enduring amazing hardship, trials and loss, and defending our country and freedoms. We have now experienced the worst thing any military parent can experience. One of our sons has made the Ultimate Sacrifice in Afghanistan, serving as a 1LT and leading his platoon in the Pech River Valley."
Carol's son, Forrest, was killed in action, June 16, 2006, Operation Enduring Freedom, Pech River Valley, Afghanistan.
Please take the time to look at this tribute below of a mother to her son and check out Carol's Myspace where she has more information about Forrest and her other three brave sons, Oaken, Elisha and Stephen.
Death is Nothing At All
Henry Scott Holland (1847-1918) Canon of St Paul's Cathedral
It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Nothing has happened.
Everything remains exactly as it was.
I am I, and you are you,
and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched,
Whatever we were to each other, we are still.
Call me by the old familiar name.
Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes
that we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without an effort,
without the ghost of a shadow upon it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was.
There is absolute and unbroken continuity.
What is this death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you, for an interval,
somewhere very near,
just around the corner.
All is well.
Nothing is past; nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it was before
--only better, infinitely happier and forever---
we will be one together in Christ.