Not Going

I just found out that Clay will not be deployed at all to the safe non-Stan place. He will instead be activated and serve full-time on base. Base is about 6 hours away from home by car, but it will be easy enough to visit. And visit I will.

There is, of course, a deep sense of relief that comes with this news – yet such things are always tempered with the knowledge that other families aren’t so lucky. Who, right now, is getting the news that their loved-one will deploy?

Someone I went to the Pentagon with just posted about a friend’s partner being killed in Afghanistan. Words escape me.