Some days, it really bites to be a military family.
One day, you might be going along doing your thing, having a nice day, when suddenly something happens….. you hear something, you see something, and it just knocks the wind out of you.
Today was one of those days for me.
Today started out as a good day. Missing my kids….but otherwise a good day.
The sun was shining, the weather was beautiful. I spent some time this morning preparing some future posts for Military Mondays. I did some laundry. Then I headed out to run some errands. I needed to go to the store for some mailing envelopes, so I did that. Then I stopped and treated myself to a grande Coconut Mocha Frapp. Then I headed to the post office to mail off a bunch of books for the paper back swap.
As I headed out the door, I reached down and grabbed a Wainwright newspaper.
As I got into the van, I looked at the front page, and had the wind knocked out of me.
I looked down to see a familiar-looking face staring back at me. Just a short time ago, I was talking to this young man at the office where I volunteer. He came in to use a computer. We chatted about the usual things.
And now he is dead. 19 years old. Just got to Wainwright in October. Just joined the army a year ago.
I sat in my van trying to hold back tears over this kid.
Today was one of those “I’m not the good little army wife” days….so please just bear with me. I am just tired. I seem to be having more and more of those days.
Just a few days ago, I saw a report of another kid who was killed in Afghanistan. This kid was from my hometown.
We went to the same high school. We were both accepted to UW Stevens Point with intentions of going into conservation…but joined the army.
This one was only 21 years old. His parents got the knock on the door on Father’s day.
Pray for these families, please.
I know this post is a real joy-killer. I know it isn’t the kind of thing I normally post on here….so please be patient with me while I have a bad day.
I’m just weary. I’ll catch my breath again shortly.
This post was originally shared at my old site, MrsMamaHen and migrated over.