Four years ago right now I was spending my time walking around the rural villages and desolate countryside of Afghanistan. Take a good look at the picture above and you’ll see what I mean by desolate. It looks just like where I grew up in New Mexico.
By this time, in 2009, my teammate Brad and I had pretty much become brothers. You would be amazed at how close you get with someone when your stuck with them every single day. Add on top of it the fact that we were going out on multiple foot patrols every day, occasionally getting shot at, and trying to make Army guys want us around and we had become pretty tight.
Brad was an outstanding guy in many ways. One way he was not though was his taste in music. At the time the song Fireflies by Owl City was HUGE and I absolutely hated it, Brad loved it! He would walk around singing that stupid song all day every day just to drive me crazy.
I tried to retaliate by overwhelming him with Christmas music since the 25th was fast approaching. I figured that if I got those typical catchy holiday songs playing they would push Owl City right out of his head.
You can imagine my dismay when I fired up the iPod and saw that I only had one Christmas song, Elvis’s, Blue Christmas.
As you probably know, this isn’t the most exciting Christmas song of all time. Did that stop me from putting it on repeat and playing it any time Brad was around? Not a chance.
By the end of the first day I was sick of hearing it but the fact that it was getting to him encouraged me to keep at it. Just like growing up with a little sister who I liked to antagonize, when I get a reaction, I try harder. Now that I think about it my wife accused me of still doing this sort of thing. She’s learning to stop reacting though…sad days ahead.
I can’t hear Blue Christmas now and not think of Afghanistan and Brad. I was only able to be there a month but, as strangely as it might sound, it was some of the best times of my life. It was all I had wanted and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to go.
There are so many men and women spending Christmas away from their families again this year. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers. If you’re able, send a care package. I still wear a beanie I got in a care package from the USO four years ago.
Still looks good.
I hope you all are enjoying the usual craziness that comes with pre holiday preparation. I know we are! Life is busy but I can’t complain!
Thank you all for reading my blog and sharing my posts! God bless!