This week we've been reminded countless times that the United States has been in a war with Iraq for 5 long years.
I'm not a political person, and won't start that now. People constantly look for some good to have come out of this situation, but for me I don't have to look far. He's tucked away in his crib sleeping as I type.
5 years ago Chief wasn't a Chief. He was just another first class getting ready to ship out. I happened to be at the home of his brother the night before he left for 9 months off the coast of Iraq. His family was all wishing him well, and I was handed the phone.
We had had a love hate relationship for years. I've known him my entire life you see. It was a good thing I never wore pigtails or he would have pulled them. He called me beautiful that night, and the next day boarded the ship to do a job he volunteered to do.
I got his email address shortly after that, and we started emailing. It wasn't long before it was an obsession. I would wake in the middle of the night to check my mail, and by the time he arrived home 9 months later and we talked on the phone again our lives were changed. He flew home a few weeks after that, and we have been together ever since.
I'm not political, but if not for this war, and that deployment, my life would be so very different.
And I can't imagine that it could be any better than it is right now.
War? What is it good for?