Below is an email update from John Singleton. They are always interesting. Hurry Home
[if this is the first update email I've sent you... I've been involuntarily mobilized by the NAVY, and am heading for Afghanistan mid-MAY for a year to help the US ARMY train the Afghan military].
Great week! I spent an incredible amount of time frustrated with the general confusion, lack of order, and loss of control over my environment, but I got to see my kids for 55 hours, and didn't get more than 10 feet away for more than 5 minutes! Candace and the kids arrived at my barracks here at Camp Shelby on Saturday as I was finishing training across the base. They watched as 44 of us arrived on our dusty, battered 20 year old Blue Bird school bus to our simple living quarters. I slung my rifle on my back, dismounted the bus, removed my helmet and goggles, and walked up. Brandon and Emily managed to recognize their Daddy without hair, and encased in camouflage battle armor, and ran up shouting DAADDDIIEEEE! The hundred or so fellow warriors nearby turned to watch, and as they told me later, to witness the perfect seminal moment of what family means to a deployed service member. I don't know about them, but it certainly was the perfect moment of being a Dad for me, and one I really needed. I scooped the kids up in each arm and walked over to Candace to give her a kiss and wish her Happy Easter. Unfortunately, no camera, so you'll have to picture it on your own. We then went to my folks place near Pensacola and hugged my Mom, step-dad, sisters, brother-in-law, and nephew.
The rest of the week involved shooting, driving, sweating, a little bleeding, and some cursing, but everything was made right last weekend. The attached photo is from my office, who closed 2 transactions for me this week, and are listing 2 more tomorrow... thanks Vickie!
Hope all is well in the real world. I appreciate the emails, and will try to respond when I can. Feel free to forward my emails to anyone interested who may not have received them. If your email is kicked back by my SPAM filter, resend with the word ADD in the subject line, and I'll add your email address to my approved list. Raise a cup of Starbuck's for me and I'll hurry home.
(this contact information will continue to be valid, regardless of my travels, through 2007)
You can reach The Singleton Team in Jacksonville at: 904.421.3580