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FF Sparks (Casual)

Utterly unable to sleep. I'm worried about my little brother, over in the Middle East...

So many things seem so trivial in comparison to the reality that your baby brother -- the same idiot baby brother who broke both legs during paratrooper training and didn't tell anyone until after he graduated training, because he didn't want to seem like a complainer or impose on people...the same baby brother who got bitten by a brown recluse spider and didn't bother to tell anyone until a golf-ball-sized chunk of necrotic flesh had to be dug out of his leg -- is over there, carrying a gun, with the rest of the Airborne Rangers. That there are bombs being dropped and fire being exchanged where he is.

That someone might be shooting at my little brother before long.

That no matter what happens, he'll come back a changed person.

That maybe, if this drags on, he won't be coming back at all...

I can't sleep, and god I wish I could. I don't generally talk about religion at all, because while I have a strong faith it's a quiet one...but this time, it seems appropriate. Michael, wherever you are right now...both dad and my prayers are with you. I know Reiko's are too, and she's waiting for her husband to come back to her safely. And I'm sure mom, off in New York, also sends her thoughts your way. Even the Kumo-puppy misses you, too.

God see you home safe, little brother.


My best wishes, *hugs*
*hugs tight* and mine. As the wife of a Vietnam vet and the friend of more than person who has had a relative sent overseas, I know what you're feeling. You know where to find me when you need to talk.
My best wishes too, that's just horrible. :/

Your brother is in my thoughts. I hope very much for his safety.
I'm with you a hundred percent... and I hope that your brother, and my friends, return home safe and sound and unharmed. I can say that, last I heard, no Americans have gotten hurt... let's hope it stays that way.
It's good to be worried, but you can't let it take over your life. Everyone wishes that everyone comes back home safe and sound, and odds are that's exactly what's going to happen.

You mentioned his breaking of his legs during training - and really, it's training that is more dangerous (oddly enough) than the field of battle today, least for US troops. More injuries happen off the field of battle, even in a combat area, than happen from combat itself.

And still, statistics show that he's safer in a combat zone than in his own shower. Be worried for him, keep him in your thoughts and your prayers, but don't go too far in your worry. He's got the best training available in the world, the best equiptment in the world, as well as a few hundred thousand others around him who have the same.