some casual observations...in work
|Come join my journey. This is not a really long trip respectively, nor shall I take you far, nor force you to tarry long.
Throughout my life I have learned much, but lately it seems the lessons are coming fast, and sometimes forcefully.
I have been in the Air Force over sixteen years, which means many of my 'older brothers,' who I looked up to and received guidance from have reached their twenty plus year mark and have retired.
I find it impossible to interact and value someone without bearing marks upon my heart and soul from them. Luckily most marks are good, and I rarely remember the bad.
I sit upon folding chairs, or stand at parade rest in a group and watch presentations, gifts, and retirement pins attached.
I hear words, sometimes a quick 'thank you,' and sometimes an eloquent appraisal of their years of service and family sacrifice.
One thing my colleagues all have in common is a need to strip off their uniform for one final time and face the future.
Will they succeed or fail in the future? Will I? Either way, I thank and praise my country for bringing me these friends, mentors, and big brothers.
God bless them all.