07 March 2011

Sometimes They Come Back

Nearly three years ago, I wrote a post about a senior who was dropping out of school:
I was working with one of my classes a few weeks ago when a student from another class came to see me. He had withdrawal papers with him. This is a student who had been frequently absent (or disengaged), but who I genuinely enjoyed. He was a senior---two months from graduation.

"What's the deal?" I asked.

"I'm quitting. I'm getting my GED and have already enlisted in the army. I show up for basic training mid-May and will be off to Iraq soon after."

"Kevin," I said, "You make me sad."

"I know," he replied. "I make me sad, too."

Don't come home in a box, kid. Sigh.

According to today's paper, he very nearly did. I've thought of him now and then since signing those papers. I always wondered if he was okay. I still hope he will be.

1 comment:

Hugh O'Donnell said...

Very glad your student made it through Afghanistan. Those tours of duty are 15 months.

One of our "kids" from my former middle school (Misha Pemble-Belkin) popped up on my monitor screen when I was watching Restrepo, a riveting documentary about US Army forces in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan.

Too say I was incredulous would be a giant understatement. Misha didn't come from a military family, but there he was, serving his country in "The Valley of Death."

I want them all home.