|Kate&I: Aug 2005, TQ Iraq|
I came across this in my journal and got a good laugh out of it. As an afterthought to my 26 September 2005 regular daily entry, I wrote:
P.S. WOMEN AT WAR
1. Apparently women get “Dear John’ed” while away at war, too.
à All is equal in love and war…especially the painful stuff
2. My girlfriends are making history.
a. Kate – training Iraqis in Bagdhad
b. Theresa – leading convoys and working with 3rd Recon Bn
c. Me – the only female officer in my entire unit deployed
3. We are strong…we are strong
I’d just been dumped (see #1) by my sometimes-on-sometimes-off boyfriend (with whom I was madly in love at the time) exactly one month into my first deployment to Iraq. I was 24. I was naïve. That picture to the left is of me putting all of his letters, our emails, pictures, etc into the burn barrel at our barracks. I laughed about it, making the most of a situation where you’re crumbling on the inside but you have to smile and move on on the outside. I was just starting to make sense of how things might be while I was in Iraq, looking to friends in other units (Kate and Theresa) for support and normalcy, and just taking it all in.
This seemed like a funny little snapshot of where I was at that time. Fellow female Vets, does this make you smile or laugh at all??? J Can you relate?? 🙂