old war buddy visits
L. is the first of hopefully many old friends from GW2 who will come to visit the At-Arms family here while posted in Euroland. She's on The Continent with the military for the summer, doing necessary work, before returning to grad school somewhere out west for her final semester.
L. was one of many such undergraduate and graduate school students who put down their books and or graduate assistantships when their country called and their reserve or national guard units were mobilized to topple, successively, the Taliban and Saddamite regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq, respectively. L. also did a tour just a brief couple of years ago in Kosovo. It was great to see her.
My wife, Madam Consul-At-Arms, over some quantity of alcohol, was treated to some Iraq reminiscences which she'd heard far too many times already, as well as some she hadn't quite managed to hear from me before. She also got to hear someone else's perspective on our shared and adjacent experiences, as well as the comfort of someone who could appreciate her own sacrifices as a spouse on the home front.
We're hopeful that we can visit L. over in Bavaria while L.'s here and let her show us around. It's rumored that the Bavarians have been stockpiling beer for just such an eventuality.