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Re: Seeing Off a Daughter


While my 18-year old is settling into her dorm room, other 18-year olds are risking their lives. From a reader:

I do not intend this to be snarky at all. It’s just the first thing that popped into my head when I read your post and some of the follow-ups.

My wife and I also saw our daughter off last week. She’s in the Air Force and now stationed at an Army field hospital somewhere in Afghanistan doing the work required to hopefully unscrew that place as much as possible. It is her first deployment and her mother is taking it pretty hard. We, as she, will make it through.

I don’t know how to thank this young woman. I don’t know how to thank their parents. I simply do not know.