- We stood together and watched the sunrise over Tampa Bay. I don't remember the last sunrise we watched together but I will always remember this one. This one marks a time in our lives that I never thought I'd come to experience. After 11 & 1/2 years of marriage we are separating. We hold hands before the sun breaks the horizon. Tears come and go while we wait. I don't know how I'll get along without him, but I will. I hold him close to me. He feels so good and all the rest of the world just fades away. For a few moments anyway while I forget the reality of the morning; the reality is that this country is at war. That reality has crossed boundaries with my reality and is taking my husband, my lover and my friend away from me. Today is the day we say good-bye. I hate the war. I hate that my husband is leaving but as his wife, I have to support him. My opinions don't matter now. My politics aren't important now. Just a few more minutes together seems the most important thing we can have. Another touch, another kiss..
I'm sending him off with love, prayers of protection, and good medicine in his medicine bag. May the Creator God keep him safe in all he does.
I'll see Lee again before he leaves for Iraq. There will be a Departure Ceremony in Jacksonville on Saturday.
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