When did my nephew grow up? When did the string-bean of a child become heads and shoulders tall over his sister (who towers over me, her ancient aunt). He looked like a soldier when they swore him into the Army. Sometime later, after boot camp, he was 35 pounds lighter and looked MUCH closer to a boy than when he went in.
For some reason I can’t forget a line I read someplace about old men sending young men to war, and unless something happens, he will be headed to either Iraq or Afghanistan someime in 2009.
I think that I’ve posted about this before, and please don’t get me wrong, I am proud of him. He has no idea what he has gotten himself into, but things will now happen as they will. He just looks too young, dressed in all of that military garb, to be anything other than a boy playing at being a soldier. May he, and all of the members of his unit, return home safely. Of course anything can happen between now and next spring/early summer.
Se, we should all pray for all of the sons and brothers that are in the military, and hope for a time when the old men, everywhere, will stop sending the young men to war. Probably not much hope of that in this life, but it is a hope and a prayer.