A Navy medic who served with the Marines in Iraq was honored at her daughter’s school. From the San Jose Mercury News:
Sometimes, they’d patch Shannonjon Benton right into her daughter’s kindergarten classroom. While Mrs. Huntzinger called for quiet — “Shhh. Cassidy’s mom’s calling from Iraq” — the single-parent soldier tried to suck it up.
“You can’t cry,” said Benton, 38, a Navy combat corpsman who returned home last month and was honored Friday morning at Vargas Elementary, where two of her kids have gone to school. “It was especially hard over the holidays because you just want to cry. You wait two hours for a phone, choppers coming in, and it’s surreal, but you get on that phone and you be happy and you tell them everything’s great.”
I’m trying to imagine Mom calling home from Fallujah to tell her kindergartener that everything’s great.