I will be taking a bloggy break - for a few days ..
Firstly here`s Deborah ...
A mother/son relationship is usually a strong bond - has this helped you in any way to cope with the seperation ?
Have you a message to give those out there at all?
Was there any doubt that you would follow in your fathers footsteps as a serving soldier , and can you say , why you joined up ?
My father didn't serve, but my Grandpa did, but I joined simply because it felt like the right thing to do … and they were hiring lol
Can you describe a " typical " day in the life of a soldier ?
The daily life of an infantry soldier varies every day, some days we get up at 0300 and stay out searching houses till 1800, others we get up 0700 and do our hygiene, eat breakfast and go out in the city for a few hours; sometimes we get hit and we fight back, but most days we come back safe and sound, then we hit up the gym - got to stay in shape, but we spend about 70% of our time out in the city and sometimes we are out there for a week or more at a time, in a old building. Sorry I have to be vague.
What things do you miss the most , being so far away from home ?
My family of course, and my fiancée. Believe it or not, the first thing I did notice while I was home on leave was the air; it made me feel like a child at Christmas … it smelt sweet......and a cold beer.
How do you spend your free time ? - As i would imagine that total relaxation is impossible as you`ll always be aware and alert ?
I usually like to catch up on sleep or talk to my mom and my fiancée, and I'm hooked on that show "Supernatural", but we all goof around like brothers (we practically are). We wrestle, play football, basketball, box and a ton of pranks.
Has being out there , taught you anything - if so , what ?
Yes it has; live life to the fullest, don't waste what God gave you! I have learned that I don't need all the fancy things in life, just the people I love.
Can you say , that you / all of the soldiers out there , are making a positive difference out there ? . I only ask this , as reports here in the UK are limited and tell the public only the negative news , that there has been , yet more tragic deaths of soldiers .
Yes, I know we are making a positive difference. The children here cheer us on as we go down the street. We have rebuilt and trained their military and they can stand on their own two feet after we showed them how. They now have structure in this country. Every soldier that has given the ultimate sacrifice here died knowing he was making a difference and truly believed in what we are doing for this country and their families knew that and they are proud of their boys and I am forever grateful for knowing them. They are lost but not forgotten.
You`ve been out there nearly a year now ... What will be one of the first things you do when you get home from this tour ?
The first thing I'm going to do is a secret. You can ask my mom about it afterwards. I'm going to give my girl the biggest kiss in the world. Then I want some good home cooking.
Is there anything else you might like to add , or i may have forgotten to ask ?? Or maybe what you thought when you were asked to do this interview ;o)
I wish I could add more on our daily activities, but I can write a whole book on that … any other person in the military knows what I mean, lol, but this is my job and I love it.
I hope that you will all be safe out there , no doubt all your familes will keep telling you all this - and i can take this personal opportunity to say . that you`re doing a brilliant job in difficult circumstances . We`re all very grateful that there are such people willing to fight , protect and serve in foreign lands . And just a thank you seems such a feeble word to express our gratitude .
Actually, when I'm in the airport and I'm approached by a complete stranger and they tell me thank you, it warms my heart, and usually they are veterans or family of a veteran and we talk forever. Thank you and take care. SPC.Ryan
Edit : i have posted some prescheduled
This is my last post - for a few days .
Not to go into too many personal details -
my partner is off Friday / Monday -
so we`ll be doing other things and we`re trying to
sort out our ISP - whether we can keep our Internet
connection or have to cancel it ;o(
So i hope you`ll come back next week -
as i have something special lined up for
Remembrance Day !!
I wanted the pillowcover to be very simple -
as i have not made a one before -
so i just did a button flap closure with
2 large- ish vintage green buttons .
I think it turned out pretty good ;o)