Here I am again, with a random mix of thoughts and emotions running through my head. It's been one of those weeks (well, a few weeks really) where I just want to crawl in a hole and stay there until everything has passed by. School has me very busy, work has been difficult lately (our server taking a vacation is not helping things in that area) the kids are wound up and I am really irritable. I'm sure everyone has those times.
But then you get news that makes all of your troubles seem so insignificant.
Last week, Dee Imlay, a fellow Lancer from a few classes below mine, was killed while serving our county. I knew him, not well, but I knew him. He left behind a wife and two beautiful children, ages 2 and 4. His wife was a Lancer also.
A mutual friend of ours posted an update Tami had posted about making the final arrangements, and how in the midst of all she has to deal with she was going to take a day off to go to her 4 year old's first soccer game of the year. It was that message that really touched me. Tami is such a strong woman. I can't even begin to imagine how I would cope if I were in the same position. Would I just retreat into my cave and hide from the world, or would I be able to face life, and embrace the little things that are still going on despite my sorrow? Would I be able to function for my children's sake, if not my own? I don't know how I would deal with it.
Dee, thank you for your service to our country. Tami, I thank you also for your service and your greatest sacrifice. I admire your strength, and am deeply sorry for your loss.