February 17, 2009
Today my Nephew leaves Japan for Iraq. I talked to him the other night for quite some time. It was a really good conversation. This morning I woke up much earlier than I normally do or had to. He was immediately on my mind so I jumped out of bed and tried to call him. No answer. I hopped online and Yahoo messenger shows him on but no answer there either. I have been crying sporadically and without warning ever since I got up. I know Iraq is not the worst place he could be (any more). I know he has been trained well by the Marine Corp. I know he will keep himself safe. I know all of this and more, yet...I cry. I think alot of it is that I miss you so damn much already. The last time I actually saw him in the flesh was just over a year ago. Now he will be in Iraq at least 8 months. I just had nice long chat with him on Yahoo. I feel a bit better but he will be on mind.