Sunday, February 15, 2015

"American Sniper" a dose of reality.

I awoke to sunshine this morning.
As I lay in my bed, with warm covers drawn close, I replayed the images in my head from the night before.

The Mister and I went to see "American Sniper".

I've never been to a movie that kept the audience so still....except for a few groans, and people catching their breath at certain scenes, no one spoke.

At the end, I didn't know if I should stand and salute, or just stay in my seat and weep.
You could have heard a pin drop.

No one spoke as we all left the theater.
No one smiled, or even nodded to each other.
We were all absorbed in our own thoughts about what we had just seen.

For me, it was reality.

As we trudged back to the truck in the frigid winter blast, we were silent.
When we walked into our house, the Mister said how blessed he felt to have a warm home to return to.
Have I become so desensitized by what I see on the news, that I have lost touch with reality concerning what our men and women experience while serving our country?  I think so.
It's not only the physical pain for's what goes on in their souls.
I NEEDED to see this movie! I needed a dose of reality.
Clint Eastwood pulls no punches with this movie. It will stick with me for a while.
There is a lot of strong language...but that's what keeps it true to life.


  1. I think we all need a dose of reality Deb, I want to see it but don't know when that will be. I hope it gets an Oscar!

  2. Oh Debbie, my daughter and I want to see it, we are so involved with the worlds lack of attention to what is real, our real men fighting for our country. While everyone goes on their marry-way as if tomorrow is another day.
    I have friends that said they saw the movie and they too were in the same mode as you, speachless until open conversation started with there group.

    Your photos here calm the heavy though of the movies drama.
    Yes, this movie is on our list. My grandfather was good Friends with Clint Eastwood, form all the movie picture studio work, and I frequently ran into him when I lived in the Bay Area of Northern Ca. and would dine at his resturaunt the Hogs Breath and walk the Carmel beach. When he was Mayor.... He is just as amazing in person.

    Beautiful powerful post....As well as vignettes to inspire by.


  3. Debbie,
    I have not seen the movie yet ... I need to wait until it's on-demand for I know it will deeply and emotionally reach inside my soul and make me think and perhaps never forget. Yes, we all could use a dose of reality to the harshness and bitterness, loss of life and the loss psychological well being in war. We owe a debt of gratitude to our men and woman who serve.
    Your beautiful home is always your haven for happiness and you reaching into your heart to process "American Sniper" and learn from it is admirable. We should all learn from war ... I lost my cousin Fred in war... War is truly Hell.
    Sending love,

  4. Debbie, My daughter Karen is one who wants to see a movie as soon as it comes out. She saw this movie, she only said it was good....usually she will almost give us a frame by frame description. No this movie..she just has not said much about it. I am glad you and your husband have a warm home to come to....where you know you are safe and loved. Blessings, Love you, Susie

  5. I'm pretty sure I won't be able to see this movie because of members of my family serving right now. I have two nephews in the military now and know that much of what they have seen and experienced is beyond words. My brother has been in Afghanistan on and off for about four years as a flight trainer. He never ever talks about his experiences in the Army.
    I loved the beautiful photos you shared of the lovely warm home your husband loves so much Debbie.
    sending love...

  6. Hi Debbie, I have not seen the movie but my hubby and son went together and they had the same dose of reality you describe for yourself. I was not able to see it when they went, but being in Texas, I have watched the news coverage on the trial going on in his death. He served our country with honor devoted to keeping us free. Free to have a warm home to live in and feel safe.
    Your photos are lovely and I am always so inspired by your decor.
    Thank you for stopping by. Hope you had a nice Valentine's Day.
    We attended a very sad memorial service for a 34 year old neighbor girl who was killed by a drunk driver. It was a heavy heartfelt day.
    Have a blessed week.
    Hugs, CM

  7. Debbie,
    I have not seen this movie but everyone that has felt the same as you. It is amazing how we all forget what these men and women that keep us safe have to see and live each and everyday during war. Heartbreaking.

  8. I'd really like to go see this. It's officially "on the list!"

  9. Your home is beautiful Debbie! We want to see the movie too. I know it's eye opening. Hope you have a good week ahead.

  10. Your home is such beautiful and cozy. I love to see the romantic, shabby corners of your rooms. I want to see that movie, thank you very much for the suggestion

  11. My daughter and her hubby tried to go see that movie on Friday but there was an accident on the highway that held them up so that they missed the beginning of the movie so they decided to wait for another time. She still plans on trying to see it. Our brave men and women are to be applauded. And yes, it is wonderful to have a cozy warm home to come home too. Always.

  12. We don't go to the theater very often but I may see if my hubby wants to see this one. I'm sure he will. I wasn't born in this country but I feel blessed every single day to live here and that my kids were born and raised here. We do forget how lucky we are sometimes and how what we have comes at a huge price for our men and women serving over there.

    I do think it's a good thing that PTSD is so acknowledged these days as opposed to when the WWII vets came home, it wasn't even discussed back then. So we've made some progress!

    Lovely pics of your cozy home Debbie:)

  13. Dear Debbie, I think that if I saw it, I would be very disturbed over it! We have really been affected over the situation! The Hubby and sons went and said it was not something I could handle.I will share why with you one day!
    Blessings, Love Roxy
    Thanks for adding my blog to your sidebar (smile) xoxo