NEWSFLASH: I got very good, although sparse, news today. My son says that now the Navy is NOT sending him to Afghanistan! I don't know anything other than this note, as in whether he is still an alternate, whether he has to train in Kuwait. But I foresee another night of tears, this time those of relief.
But this was a very sobering experience for me. The war in Afghanistan and Iraq stir up all kinds of feelings, including a sense of patriotism and support for our troops, (regardless of political positions), but it was so easy to have this "at a distance". It doesn't feel so abstract to me any more. The book I started to read, "Mom's Guide to Military Deployments" has some wonderful suggestions for real, tangible support.
I think I'm going to search out someone deployed in Afghanistan, who doesn't get much mail, to "adopt" with care packages. A small gesture, but this really should be more "real" for all of us is if this is where we sent the sons and daughters, husbands and wives, mothers and fathers of Someone.
Are you sick of a) My London photos from February; and b) my singing the praises of LAB mode editing yet?
Well, here's another SOOC that I almost deleted:
And then I thought I'd do a little LAB mode editing, and liked how it turned out: