21 days. 7 states. 5 time zones. 2 countries. 1 amazing time.
This morning, after many hugs and tears, my travel companion boarded a plane back to Iraq. All this time, I have referred to him only as that--my "travel companion". Truth be told, I have done so because revealing his actual name seemed too strange, too novelesque for reality. But, it is with an enormous smile that I inform you that my travel companion will become a long-term character in my story, appearing every few chapters, whenever he can snag leave from Iraq. So, it's time that I officially introduce you to my companion, my at-a-distance-love interest...
His name is Gabe.
(Note: I am not making this up.)