April 16, 2003
Bless Them All
Iím sitting here at work puzzling over the crisis du Jour yet my thoughts are really focused on the other side of the world with Daniel, my nephew, and Topel, my nieceís husband. Daniel and the rest of the 4th Armored Cavalry Regiment finally arrived in Kuwait last week, and are somewhere in Iraq right now. Topel is a sailor currently serving aboard the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in the Med, also in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
There are thousands of other men and women who have put their lives on hold to support this endeavor. All of them have their own stories, but I'm only familiar with these two.
Waiting in Texas for Daniel are his family, his sweetheart and his friends. Unfortunately, his grandfather had a heart attack a few weeks ago and his condition is critical. Depending upon the hour, we're either guardedly optimistic or preparing for the worst.
Waiting in Virginia for Topel are his wife Kendra, their children Corey and Benjamin and another to be named later (after the baby's birth). Topel left Norfolk on the 5th of December, and has missed Benjamin's first steps.
Please keep all of them in your thoughts and in your prayers.