When Christmas arrived I was ready to deploy to the Gulf, still not knowing if we were actually going or not – and when asked if I was a volunteer I said yes – and was included in the list of those to deploy with the 10th TFS as the Wing Electronic Combat Officer or “ECO.”
We changed the Christmas tree’s position this year from the other end of the living room in front of the sliding glass doors to the back yard, to the dining room in front of the sliding glass doors to the side patio – pulling the dining room table out into the living room to make room for the tree.
I’ve always liked these close-ups of Christmas tree decorations, giving the appearance of stars in the heavens shining brightly against the night sky’s inky blackness – only in this case the background is “Christmas tree green.”
Here you can see the two crochet lace curtains that my wife made for our home in Sacramento, CA; and centered them here on the dining room’s sliding glass doors in Monzelfeld.
Another close-up of the Christmas tree’s decorations, purchased for the most part for the tree that Jeff and I had in our apartment in Bruch prior to my wife and I getting married.
Another view of the two crochet lace curtains that my wife made, clearly showing the design’s pattern against the darkness outside – the curtain to the far right was store bought.
David and his grandfather or “Opa” explore the gifts that have been placed under the tree – and for a child Christmas is always pure joy and delight.
A close-up of David and his Opa, who as a teacher and school principal took a real interest in David, especially helping him master German as a second language.
David and Opa gaze across the room at the lights of the Christmas tree from the living room couch, discussing the lights and decorations while enjoying some quality time together.
As David sits on the couch with Opa just two months shy of his fourth birthday, it will be only a matter of days before I deploy to the Gulf for Operation Desert Shield.