June 24, 2004

S is for Sacrifice

Sacrifice - n.
Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.
Something so forfeited.

It actually isn't that often that I think of what we're doing right now as a sacrifice. It is just our job, John and I. His job is to be away right now and my job is to wait for him to come back.

I bring this up for a specific reason today. I was talking with John on IM yesterday and asked him if he would be wearing his uniform on the flights home. He said he hoped not. I hope he does. I asked him why and his response was that he didn't want to be singled out. He didn't want people approaching him to thank him for just doing his job...it makes him feel a little weird.

I know that last year when the war first started, he was stopped quite a bit when he would be out and about in his uniform. He did get a kick out of the little kids and the sort of awe they would have on their faces. I tried to tell him that when people say "thank you", it is perfectly fine for him to just say "you're welcome" and give them a smile.

I know that I am incredibly proud of him and what he's been doing. I know he thinks he is just doing his job...but it is a pretty damn important job right now, right?

Posted by rowEn at 12:43 PM | Comments (2)

R is for Remiss

Remiss - adj.
Lax in attending to duty; negligent.
Exhibiting carelessness or slackness.

Yes, I have been remiss in my AlphaBytes writing. Been a bit busy, ya know?

I did get the Child off to Alabama OK. I was good, I only cried a little bit and only after she got on the plane. I didn't want to upset her by being upset myself. She said the flight went quite well and she called me as soon as she was with her gran. Haven't heard from her since so I'll assume that things are going quite well.

The house is REALLY quiet.

Posted by rowEn at 12:07 PM | Comments (1)