Airborne

Andy called me Saturday morning. He was driving back to Camp Lejeune from Fort Benning in Georgia. He usually calls me when he is bored, and apparently the drive across Georgia is amazingly boring. He had been at Fort Benning for three weeks in Airborne school, part of his Special Forces training. “I graduated,” he […]

A Few More Good Men

 The light at the end of the tunnel.  Today we were given our duty station wish list. It’s been a wild ride so far. I’ve accomplished so many things I didn’t know I could do, but it’s not over yet. There’s no other place I’d rather be than overcoming every challenge thrown at me with these fine […]

잘가 다음에 봐 — Jal-gah, Megan, Dam-ae-bwa

We took Megan to the airport this morning, told her we loved her, and sent her off to Korea on her adventure. There were tears, Grandma (David’s mom) and Grandpa (my dad) came with us, and seeing Grandpa give Megan such a huge hug, seeing the tears in his eyes, still makes me cry. I […]

Two Months Until Goodbye

The picture is of Busan, South Korea, an amazing modern city on the southern coast across the Korean Strait/Sea of Japan from southern Japan. It’s huge, a city the size of Los Angeles, with more people than the entire state of Iowa. Megan has received her guarantee papers to be an exchange student in Busan […]

Too Close to Home

Still 300 high school students and other passengers missing from an overturned ferry in South Korea. My heart goes out to the parents and families. The kids had been heading to Jeju Island for a four-day trip on a school holiday. They were students from Danwon High School in Ansan, which is near Seoul. It’s […]

Silver and Gold

Most mornings when my brain begins to function without fuzz, I go through a mental list of things that need to be done that day. Almost always they are normal, mundane, easily forgotten things that are nothing to write home about. And then there are the days, every now and then, that you will remember […]

Flight of the Fledglings

I’ve been having a great time these past few days watching a mother sparrow teaching her fledglings about free food at our bird feeder. In this rather fuzzy photo, the mother is in the front. She’ll take a seed out of the sock feeder and put it in the youngster’s mouth. Since she is still […]

A Tardis in Disguise

Megan had an orthodontist appointment today, and I’m sure glad she has her driver’s license so she can drive herself there, even though it still makes me nervous. I like that television commercial for car insurance, where the dad looks over at his teenage daughter behind the wheel and sees her as a toddler. In […]