Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Bee Balm Gal has been enjoying the remains of the summer with family and getting SchoolTool and Smartboard trained for the new school year. Late August and early September always have something of a bittersweet flavor to them. It's the certain knowledge that the warm weather and relaxed schedule won't last forever.

As the mother of a deployed soldier, I can't decide whether to follow the news from Afghanistan more closely or try to ignore it altogether.  What I do read is not very reassuring.

On the other side of the Adirondacks from us is Fort Drum, home to the 10th Mountain Division Light Infantry. The news from there continues to be somber. Since my last post, two more soldiers have been lost in Afghanistan.
The photo on the left, from the Fort Drum website, is of Cpl. Darby T. Morin, of Victoria, Canada.  Cpl. Morin died of injuries sustained during a vehicle roll-over on Aug. 22 in Logar province, Afghanistan. He leaves a wife and two sons. Cpl. Morin was 25.

This photo, on the right, is of Spc. Abraham S. Wheeler III, of Columbia, SC. 
Spc. Wheeler was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle on Aug. 28 in Logar province, Afghanistan.
Spc. Wheeler is survived by his father and brother. Spc. Wheeler was 22.

I look at these photos and think: Too young, too handsome, too soon to be gone.

My sincere sympathy to the families of  Cpl. Morin and Spc. Wheeler. I honor the service of these men. May they rest in peace.