On the eleventh day of the eleventh month, America honors all veterans, living and dead, current and former, infantry and administration, who have served in the U.S. military. It’s a day that’s both celebratory and sobering, as we consider the uncountable number of man- and woman-hours devoted to service and sacrifice.
This Veterans Day, we had every intention of expressing our gratitude in words, but frankly, nothing we write can compare to the thanks and love shown in these videos of military dads and their surprise reunions with the children who have missed them so terribly. There are hundreds of these all over the Internet, and we link to them in our Twitter feed as often as we can, because in fractious, brittle times likes these, this is the sort of raw emotion that helps remind us of our humanity.
A few of our favorites are below. They may fire your emotions up to eleven.
And it goes both ways:
IN THE NEWS
A new study shows that adults who were spanked as kids report greater odds of depression, suicide, drinking and illegal drug use. So don’t do it.
Gay fathers say that proving “legitimacy” is stressful and expensive, and they’ve been prevented from signing their children out of school or into a swimming pool because they were not deemed the legal guardian.
Just over a year after retiring from the NFL, Antonio Cromartie is now a full-time, stay-at-home dad … of 14 children.
Expecting twins with his husband, fitness superstar Shaun T. says his tough past motivates a positive approach toward fatherhood.
Congrats to Dad’s Cake Bake, now in its 60th year, for auctioning 61 amazing cakes to benefit elementary school students.
Tired of his autistic son never being invited to the social gatherings of his classmates, this dad said something: “When you actively exclude children, you send the message that they should be ashamed of who they are.”
Dr. Howard J. Bennett says kids love to learn when you’re teaching lessons by the gross.
- Sometimes that “little birdhouse in your soul” is, at least for David Melin, actually “The Birdhouse.”
- Larry Bernstein‘s “Roy Halladay—Please Come Back” was written prior to the pitcher’s passing, and is all the more timely for it.
- “Dream Big: Losing Teeth” by Ryan Darcy is bullish on the Tooth Fairy market.
- Halloween may be over, but for Curtis Webster the lessons continue in “3 Things Halloween Trick or Treating Taught Me About Business.”
- Cort Ruddy has “A High Schooler. Let that Sink In.” He’s fine. Everything is fine.
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