Wednesday, July 08, 2009

The colonel

After driving for three hours from Home Station to my "home of record," I met for dinner with my first Battalion Commander from the Guard, who returned from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan while I was deployed.

Among the things we discussed was the fact that lots of people have been asking me how I've changed as a result of being deployed.

I told him I wasn't sure, exactly. It frankly seems a bit surreal that I even went to Iraq at all.

The Colonel volunteered that, as he saw me walking toward him from a block away across the parking lot, he said to himself, "Chappy walks like a Soldier now."

Blessings and peace to one and all,

Fr. Tim, SJ

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