Skiler left for the Army today: 8 weeks of basic training in South Carolina, and then Virginia for AIT (school).
I usually don’t take this many pictures, and I usually don’t share this many at once—but I knew that this would be the last time I see her for a long time. Every shot I took was me holding on for dear life, not wanting to let go. I wanted to capture as much of the moment as I could, so at any point when I start missing her, I can go back and laugh with her, and encourage her, and walk with her through the airport, and just get a few more minutes with her before saying goodbye.
We all take people for granted. They’re just down the street. Or they just 30 minutes away. Or it’s my sister, I’ll always get to see her. And even though I know she’s going do amazing things now in the military, she’ll never be the little girl that I can go drive and see any time I want to. Now she’s a soldier, in South Carolina, Virginia, and no telling where after that. I’m incredibly proud of her—I look up to her even—and I can’t wait to follow the next chapter of her life.
A six minute video of her swearing in.