Now they had religion. It was time to buy a house.
Character development is an elastic exercise. It is also a moral one.
We finally know how our mothers felt when we were the ones in uniform.
Soldiers were for war, not airports.
I had seen this before, in Iraq.
Part of our mission was to directly fight insurgents; the other part was to stabilize and protect communities that were being terrorized by small groups of radicalized insurgents.
“Did you ever?” I said. “Ever what?” he said. “Ask your question.” “I don’t know…wish things had gone different somehow? Ever feel like you missed a chance?”
Al was my new-found brother, filling the sibling gap of an only child. We matched each other in height, though I was always the skinny kid and Al was more round, of face and body, and that never changed.
We rode four across the back seat me in the middle without a seatbelt. I was shy and the others’ buckles dug into me.
It’s wonderful we can be creative, be loose with the truth and not worry about accusations.