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On December 13th, 2007, my family took a trip down to Fayetteville, North Carolina. This trip was planned one week before we left. It was spontaneous! It also was not by choice that we were leaving on this specific date; it was the government that chose this date.
As much as we were all dreading this trip, we were so excited to see one person, my brother David. We were going down to North Carolina to say goodbye to my brother because he was being deployed on December 15th, 2007 to Afghanistan for 15 months. Little did we know that the government likes to change their mind, and his deployment was pushed back to December 17th, 2007.
Thankfully we were able to spend a couple more days with him. He was able to give my sister, my two brothers, and I a quick tour around his army base. It was very interesting! I learned so much about the history of the base, and I met so many different people that came from different places. The smell of the country, the scenery, the people, and the hospitality of the South makes it my favorite place to be!
Even though the trip ended sadly with my brother leaving to go fight in his second tour of duty, I was able to learn so much more about North Carolina than I did when I first got there. This trip meant the world to me, and it brought my family so much closer.