I suppose before I write about what I set out to discuss I'll say that I'm alive and New Year's Eve did not swallow me whole. Oddly enough, people seem to worry more about my safety when I'm approaching and tackling a major party holiday then when I'm out in a combat zone. Well, NYE was great, spent it in Chicago with a few friends, some of whom the Badger fans that frequent this board would recognize. I'll post pictures another time.
Alright, enough about that. Tonight I'm driving up to visit my two sisters, Sarah and Meghan, up in Iowa City. Tomorrow I'm visiting my sister Meghan's new 4th grade class to discuss fierce firefights and sniping techniques. Kidding. I'll probably talk about how culture and geography and local wildlife and what the kids do (...scout for the Taliban, carry weapons, etc.)... you know, the fun stuff.
It should be interesting. Last year I spoke to her kindergarten class, which was quite an experience. This year, the kids are a little older, and obviously probably a little more aware. I'm a little worried that the questions I get won't be as easy to handle as last year- "Ummm... I forgot what I was going to ask" or "Did you ride ponies in Iraq? Unicorns?". Seriously, I know what 4th grade ME would have asked a Marine just coming back from the Gulf Storm. Top of the list- "Did you ever shoot a gun?" Second- "We're you ever blown up??". Entirely inappropriate, but that's what 4th grade boys are- inappropriate.
So, wish me luck, hopefully there are not too many 'cringe' moments.
Here's last year's post Lucas Elementary and a follow up here