Greetings from half a world away |

Greetings from half a world away

Lisa Welch is a Johnson Lane resident and can be reached at 267-9350.

The phone rang at 8 a.m. Saturday. It is 8 p.m. Saturday evening there. It was my youngest son who is in the U. S. Army, and was recently deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan. His job is mortar, in other words, to shoot heavy artillery 20 miles away at target. The thing is, since we got “the man” now he has stand down orders. He is bored to death just sitting there standing watch. I tried to remind him, at least he is safe, for now…

His young bride sits at home in Alaska, seven weeks pregnant, hoping he will be able to come home for the birth of their child in December. Me, I am not so crazy about becoming a grandma, I must be too young. It is very difficult to think that my first grandchild will be born so far away. So, I know, suck it up. Lots of grandparents only see their grandchildren on occasions. Well, that wasn’t the way I was raised. We saw both sets of our grandparents frequently. I guess that is what is another thing that is changing in our children’s lifetime.

Okay, Davis Wanket, graduate of Douglas High School in 1999. Remember what I told your brother Garrett when he went in the U.S. Navy in ’04, at the height of six foot four, I said “duck” for which he promptly hit his head on an overhead pipe as he walked onto the U.S. George Washington air craft carrier the first time. To Davis I say, “duck” to enemy fire. Please come home safe to your new bride and your mom who loves you so much. To my two boys, and to all those who serve this great United States of America, we commend you and appreciate your service and sacrifice.

Pinon Hills Elementary School

The Ice Cream Social is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. This is an excellent opportunity for you to volunteer. If that’s not your cup of tea, why not bring your family for an inexpensive dinner. Two dollars will get you a slice of pizza and a drink. How about an ice cream sundae for $2. They’ll have popcorn for a dollar and what? Slushies for a dollar. Bring your family and a neighbor. It’ll be fun…see you there.

Johnson Lane Fire Station

It’s 8 a.m. to noon this Sunday. Pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs, coffee, milk, orange juice, a silent auction and a huge raffle. Come see the fire equipment, and see how you can volunteer.