Monday, June 29, 2009

Here I go again on my own!

Okay, maybe not on my own - but they don't have an 80's glam rock song for "Here I go again with my platoon of Cav Scout killing machines!"

It's almost 0200 and we are going to get on a bus for the airport and supposedly fly out of this lovely training base and enter a secret destination in the Middle East before we go to Afghanistan. I'll give you a hint, it's a country that end's in "stan" (if you don't get this joke, try looking at a map of the area).

I wish I had taken more time to enjoy relationships before I left - I think we take friends and family for granted. I am grateful for the opportunity to have met so many people, and actually gotten to know them on a personal level. My dad tells me that the purpose of life is learning to have successful relationships - I am probably misquoting him, and I'm sure he would include more than that.

I don't want to sound dramatic - I don't think I'm marching off to my death. I think I'll be back in a year enjoying gelato, wrestling with Eli, and blasting bunnies on the weekends again. I just want you to know that I am extremely content to be a Soldier. Regardless of the politics of this war, whether or not you agree with the current or past president, I am privileged to know these men, and I wouldn't trade this opportunity for a more glamorous or higher paying position.

Thanks for your support - for me and my family. I'll talk to you from the other side.



The Haights said...

We'll miss you Stewart! Good luck! Be safe. (That's an order solider!)

Valerie S said...

I don't know how you and the other soldiers can give up so much of your life and time but our country is lucky to have people who are willing to do that. We will all miss you but we will keep the home fires burning. We remember you in our prayers and are confident you will come back safe.


sorensenpower said...

Semper fi!

Valerie S said...

Army Strong!

broeesa said...

We miss you!

Valerie S said...

Today is your birthday (in the US). Hope you have a great birthday.