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On Saturday Matt and I had the opportunity to have dinner with some friends. We met this couple through the Air Force when we were living in San Antonio. Tony was Matt’s supervisor for a few months and since has become a great friend and mentor to Matt. We all ended up in Northern Virginia a few years ago, and ever since we try to get together to hang out from time to time. Tony’s wife Shannon is a brilliant woman and the four of us had a great time at dinner. We spent hours talking, laughing, and sharing stories. We didn’t want the evening to end, but we had worn out our welcome at the restaurant after more than three hours. On the way home, Tony called Matt, but it was actually Shannon on the other side, using Tony’s phone. She was worried it seemed they had left rather abruptly and didn’t want us to be offended. We assured her we weren’t offended at all, and something she said right before we hung up really resonated with me – she said the four of us would be life-long friends. It struck me that she was absolutly correct. Even when they leave Virginia later this year for Tony’s next assignment, I know that when our paths cross again we will pick right back up where we left off.
One of the best parts of our Air Force life are the people we meet along the way. I have met so many amazing people through my time in the Air Force, many of whom have become life-long friends. Even some of the incidental contacts I have made along the way have been fulfilling experiences, ones I would not trade for anything. When we get to meet our child, I can’t wait to introduce him or her to all the amazing people in our lives and help them to meet incredible people along the way.