When Clay typed that sentence the other day, a little piece of my heart broke. For as excited I am when a coo escapes the little man’s adorable mouth, I remember that his dad is not around to see a simple little smile. What is it about baby smiles that make us all warm and fuzzy? Hard to believe this little one will be 14 months when Clay returns. In addition to smiling and cooing, Weston is starting to grip objects. What better way to demonstrate such a feat than with a message?
We woke up at 4:30am, shared a cup of coffee together, and tended Weston. After Clay gave Lucy and Desi one last hug and pat on the head, we were off. Formation was at 7:30am. It was then an NCO recited (shouted) the following passage (Pulp Fiction fans will recognize the words):
“The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness. For he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you.”
Ezekiel 25: 17
The company shouted “Amen” and the soldiers were given 15 more minutes to say goodbye.
At 8:00am, the buses drove away.
And so begins this deployment.