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A Pleasant Surprise

11 Apr

I received a phone call from Seal yesterday.  If you don’t remember him, he is the one that I met at my tactical medic class.  We became fast friends.  I met his wife, he taught me how to shoot, we had future plans to run a zombie 5k obstacle course in October we both had to shelve for a year-me because of my shoulder, and him because he got orders to head overseas.

Seal has been in the military for over 18 years.  You can retire at 20.  He was living out the rest of his time in the most beautifully perfect setting you could ever imagine.  After serving 5 tours overseas, they were finally letting him enjoy quality time with his wife and small son.  Or so we all thought.

When he called me a few months ago to tell me he received orders overseas, I was filled with a cold dread.  He is going to a notoriously dangerous area (but aren’t they all these days?), he has survived 5 times, and he is less than two years from retirement.  If that doesn’t reek of ‘risk of dying’, I don’t know what does.  Seal has become increasingly important to me, and I am worried.

But the good news?  He is making the rounds with his last month of freedom, and he has family in the state I reside in.  So yesterday he called to see if I was willing to pick him up from the airport and drive him the hour and a half to his family’s ranch, just so we could spend some time together.  I jumped at the opportunity, and he will buy me lunch.  So it’s a win-win.

I told Loverboy about it to gauge his reaction, and all he said was Thank him for his service for me.  Glad we are past that last argument.

I’m going to go get ready for what will probably be an emotional day.

Love, Esme