Well guys, I am felling down and out today. Just needed to express some of my feelings to someone, anyone. My middle son, who I was training to help out in the business, has left for Iraq this morning. He is a Combat Engineer in the National Guard and was activated to do his duty for our country. I am so damn proud of him, words can't describe how I feel. His mom and I are only one in tens of thousands who have had to face this. Walking by his room brings tears to my eyes even though he has only been gone for a few hours. He is a very good son, soldier and yes, friend. Has anyone else had to do this lately? I know that I am not alone but just needed to talk a little. Whether I approve of this war or not is beside the point. I will continue to support our troops. God how I miss him already. It is going to be a very long year without him. Like I said, I just needed to express my feelings. Maybe it will get easier as the days go by. I can only imagine how he feels. Now I guess the only thing I can do is hope and pray that he returns safely. Thanks for listening to me. God bless our troops and the USA.