Saying "goodbye" to a friend

by joannadandy 10 Replies latest social current

  • joannadandy

    Today was quite surreal. The start of the day was like any other. I acomplished a lot, put some final touches on a project, and went to class, excited to see everyone after a long spring break.

    All my usual friends were their. The same individuals I have known for a few years now, being in the same classes with them, all of us English Majors going into education.

    We all took turns admiring a few tans, and exchanging stories of what we did during the break.

    My dear friend Jason, who I have really grown to attached to, informed us all that he was expecting a phone call. If he was going to get a call to ship out it would be coming tonight. He was sick to his stomach and had the phone turned off during class. Partly out of respect, partly out of not wanting to know.

    Mid-way between class was time for a ten minute smoke break. We all nervously glanced back at Jason while he checked his phone. There was a voicemail. The number was from Minneapolis. He didn't want to check it.

    The look on his face was obvious while he listened. We all knew before he told us. He had to report tonight. He and 11 more are flying to Turkey. ASAP.

    We all watched him as he packed up his bag. In light of the circumstances and the fact that the deadline for Iraq ends tonight, our professor told us to take off early. I think she really just gave us all an opportunity to say goodbye and good luck. We all went to a bar down the corner to have a beer together. Just one. That's all there was time for. We all gave him hugs and pats on the back.

    It was the sickest tasting beer I have ever had in my life.

    We don't know where he is going after Turkey. We don't know when he is free to come back. We know he probably won't graduate with us...not now.

    I have no worries. He is a smart guy. I know we will see him again. It's just surreal. You never think stuff like this happens. At least I never did.

    Joanna - of the still in a fog class

  • myself

    joannadandy, I hope and pray that Jason fares well. I don't know anyone personally that has been called in. He has my deepest respect for committing himself to protect those he knows and those he will never know. When he comes back send my regards and a big hug to thank him. Keep us updated okay?

  • pr_capone

    I'm sorry to hear that your friend is headed out. It appears as war just started.

    Kansas District Overbeer

  • Vash_The_Stampede_13


    I'm so sorry, just don't worry.

    I'm sure everything will turn out alright in the end.


    Take Care

    Vash The Stampede

  • LyinEyes

    (((((((( Joanna))))))))))

    (((((( To all lives)))))))))

    We are watching the live news with our children, we keep thinking of the children who live there in Bhagdad,,,,,,,,,I just don't know what to think.

    I used to look forward to the day there would be no more war, as a believing JW, I still do.

  • lauralisa

    Oh Joanna, You put into words precisely the way I'm feeling tonight........ You talented writer, you Having a sick-tasting beer as we, like, speak, and anxiously waiting to see if there's another "So-damn-insane" episode on South Park at eleven, laura

  • cruzanheart

    Amen, Dede, I hope there will one day be no more wars anywhere. (((((Joanna)))) ((((Jason))))


  • cellomould

    Hey Joanna,

    That sounds so difficult...

    I have recently been in touch again with my cousin, an ex-Marine. He has been out of active service for a few years, but it had been many more since I had seen him. He said that part of his duty was patrolling the northern no-fly-zone in Iraq. I almost sh#tted my pants when I heard that.

    And there are other places he had been that he is not supposed to talk about.

    Scary. My cousin wanted to run away many times. But he's safe now.

    I hope your friend fares well.


  • WildHorses

    ((((((((((((((((((((Joanna)))))))))))))))))))))) I know exactly how you feel. Matties son, Sergio, is in Georgia. He just finished his basic traning. I asked Mattie tonight if he has been shipped out. So far he hasn't, but I believe it is just a matter of time before he is.

    I've watched this young man grow from a beautiful, happy four year old. To a now, handsome, caring, gentle man. He knew when he signed up that we may be in this war, but he did it anyway.

    I worry about him. He is as one of my own children. I love him, and want him to stay safe. I didn't say good-bye. I said...........see you soon.



    I'm sorry sweetie. I wish him well!


    ME TOO!!!

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