YOU TAKE MY LOVE TO TIMES I WILL NEVER KNOW AND PLACES I WILL NEVER SEE AND SO LOVE SURVIVES
Its been such a long time since Ive written on here and I imagine there is no need to write who and what is foremost in my mind these past weeks. Pat on his pass out day and what a day to remember that was, we were naturally so very proud of him and his achievement in gaining his green beret.
How hes grown in so many ways since that day, physically mentally and I believe spiritually,tending to show in his expression of who he is and in some sense always has been since a child. Thoughtful and caring, loyal, quietly determined prefering action to talk. He has tended to be the quieter one of my 3 sons, a self possession as I said previously that shows in his action as opposed to his talk, he always appeared to own himself in a sense.
He is serving in Afghanistan as I write this, safe and well thankfully, spoken with a deep sense of relief yet an equal sense of sadness at the loss of his commrades from 45 company in recent days. I have spoken with him and his sense of sadness is palpable, yet the courage and sense of commradeship so very strong. Its very humbling to listen to my youngest son speak so frankly and sensitively.
He will be away over christmas and his parcel is already posted, he is leaving at the beginning of January when his initial sign up period is up with the full backing of his buddies who he will be leaving behind. He intends to train for close protection work but first another travel to put space and give him time to process his experiences.
Ive kept this short so I can now go and send him an e.bluey, let him know how things are at home. I shant tell him of my daughters phone call to me in tears this morning having heard of the recent loss of young men from his company and not sure if Patrick was safe, those waits are harrowing to say the least and we are a thankful family tonight
Im saddened however when I think of those parents, brothers, sisters, wifes children etc who will be suffering deep grief at their loss, thats all I can do is sit with the sadness, feels so helpless and the war so pointless, the loss.
I realise this post may sound sombre but thats how it is right now until it passes, at a loss for words really
Hopefully you are all well and preparing for the festive season. My girls have decided this is going to be a very special one in honour of Patrick and his commrades serving all over the world, think its changed their sense of values and whats really important too.