One person was Amanda K., an Airman I'd known for two years. We spoke occasionally and two weeks before Turkey, she was moved to my office and I became her boss. She and her husband were divorcing and we began to email often. It made me uncomfortable, because I'd been suppressing affections for her (I was faithfully MARRIED) and now as part of my duties I had to be involved in her life.
Miimii and I were getting along okay but she didn't seem to miss me. Once I told her "I love you" on the phone and she didn't answer. It was rare that I said that anyway. I was nervous about what was awaiting me when I returned to civilization. She'd gone back to Japan to visit family after being away for six years. She and I had tried to visit twice, once in early 1993 when she cancelled literally
And this is my 31st birthday photo for my mother in my tent on a windy, rainy, blustery Turkish afternoon. It was the best birthday I'd had since I'd been married. Every year, like clockwork, within a day of my birthday (Mimi's birthday was six days earlier) she'd start a major fight about something...or just keep me up until 3am on a workday complaining about something. Here I was at peace and thought, hoped I was, for once, missed. I made it a point to ride my bicycle that day although I couldn't even see the road from the torrential rain for much of the ride, and my tent mates told me I was nuts. It was a pleasant ride...