Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Almost a week

Tomorrow will be one week that Sy has been gone. It's been a smooth ride so far and the girls and I are doing fine. Sy has been writing to each of us every night and we have all learned that he is an amazing writer. His emails are inspirational and motivational to us all, just like he is. Sy is the youngest guy in his class, the average age of officer in his group is 57 years old and the average years of experience of them all is 25 years. He felt like a kindergarten kid in a high school physics class.
Sy was required to have a hearing test that showed he has some small loss in one of his ears which he of course he blamed on living with five girls. He was also required to perform in a physical exam where he had to run a course of two miles in under an hour while wearning lots of heavy gear and an extra 35 lbs added to his backpack. He did great and finished first! What an amazing guy, right?
The classes he has been attending have trained him on the benefits of his job (health, dental, vision insurance), Afghanistan culture, how to be safe while he is there, that he is under no circumstances allowed to go near an IED, and that he should treat all the soldiers with the utmost respect. The teacher informed him that the average age of soldier is only 23, so even though he may be older, they have more experience and training for their specific job. Here is what Sy had to say about what he learned from this training:
Their daily actions humble me. It is difficult to complain about simple things when these guys are doing what they are doing day in and day out. We all owe them a debt of gratitude that we will never be able to pay. After seeing several hours of power point pictures of what they go through, I was in awe...
For this, they have my absolute respect.

The only way I can sum up this past week is that I have so much respect and admiration for my husband for what he is doing for not only our family but our country as well. I love him more everyday!

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