Today, NATO has requested 2000 more ‘peacekeepers’ come to Afghanistan to aid in the fight against the Taliban. This request comes on top of the news that 5 more Canadian soldiers have been seriously injured by Taliban forces.
Is this the price of peace? Our finest young men are being sacrificed for what seems a futile struggle. My boys are getting to an age where they could be eligible candidates. I hope neither of them ever ventures into military service. What mother would? I know there are moms out there who have these same fears. Monica’s son just turned 18 today, and he has signed up to serve with the Marines. Sure, it’s an honor and a privilege to serve your country. But it is a service that strikes terror in the heart of all moms. In these days of active warfare, even rookie recruits stand a very real chance of seeing serious action. Monica accepted her sons’ decision with grace. She has already been through this with her oldest who served in Iraq, and thankfully returned home on his own two feet instead of a coffin like some of his friends. My thoughts are with Monica and her family in the coming months of her son’s military career. May the Good Lord hold him safe in the palm of His hand.
In other news. Kayla continues to recover well. She is walking around with her walker for quite a distance. Her incision is healing up quite well. I was updated by her dad. Every time I try to call her she can’t talk. She is a very busy young lady. When she isn’t doing her exercises, she is getting a dressing change or has the tutor there doing lessons with her. She is determined to graduate on time. I am going out to visit on the last week of September. My mother-in-Law will be traveling with me. We booked our flights this morning.
My eldest son has just started his adult education. He graduated in June from high school. Now he is taking some extra sciences at the continuing education center, as pre-requisites for the two year Earth Sciences program that he will start next fall. I can see he feels more grown up already.
My second born son is in his last year of high school. I am hoping he has settled down enough to really apply himself this year. With the distractions of a girlfriend, this could be a real challenge. Then on the other hand, maybe getting serious about this young lady will be just the thing to get him more inspired about his future. I seriously hope he doesn’t consider time in the force, though I know he would excel in that environment. He is strong, confident and fiercely loyal.
Heidi is just beginning to come out of her shell. She has lived in the shadow of two big brothers for so long that she had some tom boy traits, as far as style goes. Finally, and much to my relief, she is getting more girly. Since she cut her hair in the spring she has been buying more feminine clothes and showing an interest in things that other girls her age enjoy… like boy watching! Maybe I should be worried!
Have a great weekend every one. Don’t feel guilty that I have to work right through it!