Yesterday, my little brother graduated from college. I'm very proud of him, and even though it took him longer than most- he used the time to really find out who he was, and what he wanted to do.
After 9-11, he joined the army reserves. He loves his country, and wanted to do something in a time where most people felt helpless. This act turned into a year of specialized training, and we have felt lucky that he had been spared from being deployed in this nonsensical mess Bush has created.
Yesterday, on his gradution day, that luck ran out. Billy is deploying to Iraq this July. He loves the army, and is excited to put his training into use, but also doesn't want to leave his wife, or his family behind. It puts a new perspective on the whole war for me, and I have an even harder time listening to the evening news. So, on this Memorial Day- please give a thought to the service men and women that sacrifice so much- and their families that support them. Please also pray that my mother never gets George W. in a dark alley by himself.