When my brother joined the air force almost 3 years ago I did not realize how much it would affect me. He left for basic training only two weeks out of high school, and always having him around and then suddenly not it was a big shock to my system. Although I would not admit it openly, I missed my older brother tremendously.
When my mother came home and told me that my grandmother, my mom, my brothers girlfriend of two years, and I would be going down to Texas for his basic training graduation, I could not help but explode with excitement. As soon as we arrived we headed straight to our hotel that was right on the river walk in San Antonio. I remember that it was so pretty you just could not help but stand there for hours just looking at the scenery.
The next day was the day I had been the most excited for; I got to see my brother for the first time in about two months. We arrived at the base where he was and it was huge we did not think we would be able to find him. It was difficult to find one person because every one was in packs all the time and in there uniforms they all look the same.
When we finally found Chad I basically tackled him although he was a lot stronger then I remembered I was still able to knock him to the ground, with the help of his girlfriend. I remember my mom and grandmother taking lots of pictures off all of us. Then Chad introduced us to a new friend that he had made while he was there, Cunningham.
Cunningham’s parents were not coming at this time, so the four of us decided that he could hang out with us. Chad and Cunningham took us to the mall and other cool places on base that day, and other cool places in the city over the next few days of our stay. Eventually we had to say good-bye, and head back to Maine.
My brother and Cunningham both accompanied us to the airport. After we got home we found out where Chad was going to be stationed for tech school and that Cunningham would also be attending the same one. They also both got stationed together at another tech school. And then again when they were sent overseas to Japan. They became really close friends which helped my feelings a lot knowing that he wasn’t alone although I do not see him very often I talk to him on the phone a lot and still miss him a lot but I know he is helping our country in the best way he can.
This trip was a great experience for me because I learned that change is not always bad and that people have to move on with there lives just as much as people need to accept those changes.
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