On Saturday Dale and I had the privilege of attending a going-away party for Blogless Sharon’s son Edward. Ed is in the National Guard and he’s being deployed to Iraq at the end of the week. Well, technically, he’s got training and things for a while and then he’s being sent to Iraq. But still, off he goes. He used to be regular army and he’s been in situations like this before, including both Afghanistan and Iraq. You can hear the excitement in his voice and there’s a light in his eyes at the thought of a new adventure.
And that’s great. I’m glad he enjoys his work. But I look at his wife and daughters and I feel sad. Ed’s girls are so young and he will miss a whole year of their lives. His marriage will basically be put on hold for a year and things at home will be so different without him there. His wife will care for their home and their daughters. She will look out for the dog and take the girls to school and clean the house. She will cook and socialize and spend time with her friends. But she won’t be with her husband while she does those things.
I’ll tell you, I could never make it as an army wife. The loneliness would ruin me.
There was no loneliness Saturday, though. The party was a lot of fun for kids, dogs, grown ups and even bunnies.
This is Ed and his dog, Maximus. And Maximus came from Dave Paul. Sharon went to buy a spinning wheel and came home with a puppy.
The food was awesome and everything really looked pretty.
Look at the grin on Blogless Sharon’s face. She’s surrounded by kids and her bunny. No wonder she’s smiling!
One of Ed’s friends found several 4 leaf clovers. I’m taking that as a good omen.
We had a great time at the party and were glad for the chance to give Ed and some of the other guys in his unit our wishes for a safe journey. I don’t believe in this war but I do believe in American families so I ask you to keep Ed and his family and all the other soldiers, including Sharon and Al’s youngest son Evan who is already serving in Iraq, and their families in your thoughts. Let’s get them all home safe.