This is the case with Sgt. Wade Wilson, U.S.M.C.
We feel cheated when we loose people we care about.
We're sad and we hurt.
The loss leaves a hole in our hearts and in our world.
Even though my family and I have only known Wade for a few years, it seems he left a big impression.
I think he'd be pleasantly surprised to find out how many lives he's actually touched.
|Andy and Wade at the Cabin - 2009|
We met Wade through my niece, Misha, and her husband, Andy.
|Misha and Andy|
Andy and Wade were stationed together at Camp Pendleton.
|~Halloween ~ |
Leland (Wade), Beth (Misha) and Dog (Andy)
According to one of his friends, "Wade was very Patriotic".
I think that might be an understatement.
Here's the pumpkin he carved for Halloween one year.
He had a infectious smile and bright, blue eyes that could light up a room.
|Wade with my great-niece, Layla|
He could be very quiet at times and it took me sitting in the emergency room with him in Springerville, AZ during Thanksgiving weekend one year to get to know him (You'll have to ask Misha and Andy why we were in the ER that night!).
The conversation went something like this:
"So, how you like the Marines, Wilson?"
"I like it, Ma'am." (Ma'am?!!)
"How about California vs. Texas? Are you enjoying California?"
"Yes, Ma'am. I really like it up here in the mountains (AZ) though. It's nice."
"So, you're from the same town in Texas as Fisher, huh Wilson?"
"Yes, Ma'am. That's funny how he's Misha's family friend and you guys all know him. I'm pretty sure I know right where his property is back home, too."
"Dude, you gotta stop with the Ma'am stuff! I'll tell you what. I'll stop calling you Wilson and you stop calling me Ma'am,...okay Wade?!"
"Okay, Ma'am" (with a very big grin!)
My son really liked Wade and looked up to him; just as he does all the young Marines he's met through Andy and Misha.
|Cody, Andy, Logan and Wade|
It's going to be hard to let Logan join the Marines when he graduates here in a few years like he plans to.
But, what's a mother to do? Be proud.
|Wade, Derek, Tom and Andy|
The Marine's lost a good soldier last week when they lost Wilson.
The world lost a wonderful young man.