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Friday, May 28, 2010

Not saying goodbye

How do you say see you later? Goodbye sounds to final.

Horse neighbor is being shipped off to Afghanistan on Monday. Yes, on Memorial Day. He will be there for a year.

I will miss him dearly.

But what to say.

We are going over for a bbque tomorrow to say our goodbyes.

Maybe I should say "Heard it was 115F there yesterday. At least there isn't the Kansas humidity to go with it"

More than likely hand him a beer and thank him. Thank him for being our neighbor, for being a good friend for almost 10 years, thank him for sacrificing his everything to keep us safe and Free. And when he returns in 1 year time, with the greatest tan ever seen, I will thank him again, and buy him a cold beer.


KF-in-Georgia said...

Just tell him to take care of himself.

How long is he going to be there? If he'll be there until cold weather, I could knit him a helmet liner. I've made three this month, and I've gotten good at it.

(And it's an "official" pattern made to military specs...)

Phelan said...

he will be there for 1 full year.

That would be very cool KF.

SkippyMom said...

Phelan please thank him for us and slip him a beer courtesy of the Skippy family [I'll pay you later ;) send address - oh I have it...good enough] Seriously tho' thank him.

And please keep us updated on his tour [if you can] Good thoughts for a safe year.

Cindy said...

Make sure you get his email address. Those letters from home will help get him through it all.

KF-in-Georgia said...

You got it. I'll PM for an address once I've got it finished.

Bob from Athens said...

How about, "you are now officially my hero, so keep your head down and when you get back we will have a BIG party!!
Like you said, good bye is not what they want to hear. Do you say that to your husband or kids when they leave for work or school. HE WILL RETURN, he is just going to work for us and his country for a while.

HermitJim said...

Tell him "thank you" from the Hermit as well!

May God protect him and watch over all our troops!

goatlady said...

Tell him Thank You from me also and to be safe.

Counter Height Dining Table said...

Just tell him to take care. Be careful always.

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