Private Smith

My [baby] brother, Brandon, left for Army boot camp at Fort Knox on Sunday.  It makes me think of when I left home to attend college in Texas.  Although I was ecstatic to make such a major move, when the day finally came all the anxiety of the unknowns to come was overwhelming.  It turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life.

I know my brother must be experiencing similar anxiety, which I feel sympathetic about, but I know that one day he will look back and know it was one of his best decisions as well.  What a valuable marker for his life.

I couldn’t help but think about what it would have been like if our dad was still alive and hanging out with our family on Sunday when we said goodbye to Brandon.  He would be so proud.  And I know he would have cried, despite the macho man people viewed him as.  It makes me smile to think about.

It’s times like these that remind us especially of the details we miss not having Dad here.


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