My Scotty's post from a bit back is on the charity round up page. HURRAH!
I was also on the phone to a chap from Channel4 news last night, wanting to talk about the "children of the fallen". I don't want to go into too much detail about what he is doing, but we're meeting today I think, or having a longer phone call, depending on where he is, to talk more.
I have to make him see. I have to make him understand that I wouldn't have stopped Rich going to Afghanistan again, I didn't stop him going twice, and I would have waved him off again, and again, and again. I would have sent more parcels, more e-blueys, more photo's, more phonecalls. I would have written about life in here, and not told Rich the downsides to anything going on because they don't need to hear it. I have to make this journalist see that we were and still are and always will be so very proud of him for the choices that he made, and that we would always have supported him.
I have to make him see that it isn't just the loss of the person, but the loss of the way of life, of the place, of the people and the whole institution. I have to make him see that we would do it all again tomorrow, back from 2005, we'd do every day the same way, including him going, and coming back, and going, and coming back, and waiting for the dates when he was going again, and then finding out he would never go anywhere again, or come home. We'd do it again because we are a service family, and we were all in, even though only one of us got an MoD payslip.
It's all good. Itwillallbefine because I won't have it any other way.
We are a Scotty family, and proud of it, proud of everything it stands for, that Rich represented, that the Armed Forces in this country represents.
And in other news, the AC (and the rest of us!) all have new Scotty mugs, and they are fabulous!