Monday, October 26, 2009

The visit

More than a year ago, while I was in Iraq, I met a young Soldier who was turning his life around after he'd made a mess of things with his drinking. CPT M came for almost a month to work at the Post where I lived as he filled in for a friend of his who'd gone back to the States on leave.

He celebrated two years of being clean and sober shortly after I met him.

While we were in Iraq, he worked diligently on his recovery. We spoke by phone often after he moved back to the FOB (forward operating base) where he lived, but I only saw him twice over those next four months since it was so difficult to travel for pleasure over there. He returned CONUS (to the Continental United States) about six months before I did.

Yesterday he drove three and a half hours, one-way, to visit me and have brunch with my parents (who'd flown in late Friday night for the weekend). A few hours later he drove three and a half hours back home.

A couple of weeks ago he celebrated three years' sobriety.

I have some amazing friends who go to a lot of AA meetings.

Blessings and peace to one and all,

Fr. Tim, SJ

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Donna F. said...

Woo hoo!

Unknown said...

You have a lot of amazing friends because you are an amazing friend, yourself!!

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