Sophomore year is tough. For Joe it was crushing. He was deflated, lonely, tired. Training the next class, and the academic load put huge strains on him. Without Nicole, he was irritable and unfocused. He was hardly the guy he was supposed to be. He was a lost puppy. Struggling through the year, he missed… Continue reading Ten
In March, recognition finally came. Nicole knew she wouldn’t hear from Joe for about 4 days. The ritual was the final rite of passage for freshmen cadets to become part of the cadet wing. For three days the upperclassmen ran the freshmen through exercises, courses, and other activities to push them to their limits. Joe… Continue reading Eight
It was Parent’s weekend. It was first chance at getting away from the Zoo, as cadets referred to the Academy. Joe’s parents came in, and they brought a surprise. The prettiest redhead he’s ever seen was there, and was he glad to see her. Air Force beat one of their rivals pretty soundly. The freshmen… Continue reading Six
I recently read about a tweet that went viral. The mother was pictured in the crib with her baby sleeping because the baby was crying. After the baby was born, the parents went to a worship concert, and the performer talked about a visit to an orphanage in Uganda. The odd thing about this orphanage… Continue reading The Orphanage, a Mother, and Me
The story of the crush my last couple years of high school, and how I connected to the Wonder Years.
The last night before he left, Joe spent it with her and his best friend. They sat in her driveway, looking at the stars, kissing one last time before he would go away. She spent the night at his house so she could ride with him early to the airport. The next day, it was… Continue reading Five
He wrote her poetry. He had piles of poems written for her. He finally read one to her at prom. The had a small rose wrapped in the paper the poem was written on, and handed it to her as they sat on a lifeguard stand in their formal wear, watching the sun set over… Continue reading Four