So I apologize for not writing in what, like a month? End of the quarter crazyiness at work, student registration, budget issues at work, my final paper for the class I'm taking, copyediting two dissertations... they have all been distracting me! But never fear, I am alive, and still breathing (barely).
I love my brother. I’m proud of my brother Thane. He’s my hero, a patriot for our nation as he fights for freedom around the world.
Well, since he’s a communications/network guy, he’s not really fighting, he’s making sure the soldiers and officers on the front line have wi-fi and internet access. So he’s safe, playing computer games in the barracks, making sure that all the connections are up. But he’s supporting those fighting! And on Veteran’s Day, and every other day, I’m incredibly proud of him, the sacrifices he’s made for our country, and our freedom.
Thane has served one tour of duty in Afghanistan, and has served one tour of 15 months in Iraq already. He only has one more tour to complete, and prayerfully he’ll be out of the Army in February 2010.
He’s been in Iraq about five weeks now. This is a picture of us, taken in our backyard in Colorado, just a few weeks before he shipped out (notice the barren backyard and ugly fence? Stay tuned, home improvement sagas and catastrophies coming soon!). Since he boarded the plane in Hawaii, we hadn’t heard a word. Not a peep. Not a scrawled note, email, or text message.
Mom and I kept comforting ourselves with the fact that he’s busy, he’s training and getting acclimated in Kuwait before going to Iraq. He probably didn’t have internet connections. Every other day or so we’d call each other, check to see if the other had heard anything, and then console ourselves with the above statements…
And then, we got an email. Thane is alive! He had strep throat and a bad cold (go figure, it’s the desert for crying out loud, isn’t it supposed to be hot?), but he’s alive!