Our daughter graduated from high school last night, which was awesome and gratifying. It was maybe a bit melancholy as well - there are some great kids and parents we will no doubt lose touch with. Afterwards I took her to the senior sleep-over (chaperoned at one of the local resorts). I stayed awake most of the night, knowing I was coming right back onto night shift after my one night off.
She texted me at 6:30 AM, saying she was ready to be picked up. After I got her home, I napped until about noon.
We had a funeral to attend for a good friend at 1:30 PM, which was followed by a military color guard. They fired a three volley rifle salute and presented the flag to his widow
. The soldier in charge of the color guard says, "On behalf of the president of the United States, the United States Army and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s honorable and faithful service". As he presents the flag.
After taps finished playing, everyone was crying a lot. It's been a weird roller-coaster of emotions in the past 24 hours, that's for sure.
After the funeral, we went home, and I swapped out my good shoes for work boots, and swapped out my good shirt for a sweat shirt, packed my lunch, and went right back to it again. Life is a legit nocturnal hamster wheel right now.
Another walk at work, on nights.
Went a full hour (mostly on the phone - bedtime call with family). 3.6 miles, at 3.6 miles/hour of course!
Hopefully I pushed the need for my own military funeral back by another day.