It won’t be long and your Uncle Jesse and Aunt Carlee will be welcoming your little cousin into the world so I thought I would tell you why I call your Uncle Jesse a sheepdog.
On November 24, 1997 William J. Bennett, in a lecture to the United States Naval Academy said,
“Most of the people in our society are sheep. They are kind, gentle, productive creatures that can only hurt one another by accident. We may well be in the most violent times in history, but violence is still remarkably rare. This is because most citizens are kind, decent people, not capable of hurting each other except by accident or under extreme provocation.
They are sheep.
Then there are the wolves that feed on the sheep without mercy. Do you believe there are wolves out there that will feed on the flock without mercy? You better believe it. There are evil men in this world and they are capable of evil deeds. The moment you forget that or pretend it is not so, you become a sheep.
There is no safety in denial.
Then there are sheepdogs and I’m a sheepdog.
I live to protect the flock and confront the wolf. If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen, a sheep.
If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive psychopath, a wolf.
But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? What do you have then? A sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the uncharted path. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed.
Lincoln, your Uncle Jesse is a sheepdog in the United States Army. He has been in the service for 8 years and has done tours of service several times in Iraq and Afghanistan, each time he has been in the center of the action and has put his life in harms way daily while there. Your Uncle Jesse has received several bronze stars and numerous others commendations for his actions. All of these medals and awards lay in a drawer, not framed on a wall. Uncle Jesse doesn’t talk about what he does, nor does he want accolades, he simply says, “I’m just doing my job”. I hope you understand that not everyone can do the job that your Uncle Jesse has been called to do. It takes a special person, a sheepdog.
Lincoln, your Uncle Jesse is a Sheepdog and he loves you very much and is going to be an amazing father. We are all blessed that he is part of our family and I am very proud to call him son.
Until next time little man, I love you, Puppa.