Monday, January 9, 2012
She's Coming Home
On Friday, we received word that Lauren's ship is on its way home. Thank God. The holidays were a bit disconcerting with what was going on in the area of the Strait of Hormuz, learning that her ship was in the thick of it and being concerned about my daughter's safety. I know, I know, that's what she is trained to do, but it is still difficult as a parent. I think of the loved ones all over our country with family members serving and with so many in harm's way. The sacrifice especially around the holidays is especially challenging. I spent Christmas with my mother-in-law, who related a story about her brother who was an officer in the Army Engineering Corps during WWII. What was so amazing about the story was that he was away from his parents and sisters for over 4 years and his family never heard from him in those 4 years. He left and when the war was over he came home. He said that he was too busy to write as he was building air fields and bridges all over the world. It is hard to imagine, but it is true. Thank goodness for today's technology so we can at least get an occasional phone call and email.