PFC called today. He has volunteered to deploy with another unit which is shorthanded. Probably midwinter. Any idea how tickled we were when he was assigned to a unit that rarely deploys, and had just returned to the US, before he joined it? Pffft! And no leave in September. We haven't seen him since January. I miss my boy.
On the bright side, he's taken up skimboarding; it looks fun! He's also looking at used snowboards, since his old one is pretty well worn out. I'm glad he's spending time outdoors. I'm sure he's still getting in plenty of X-Box time, but he's taking his physical fitness seriously, and making it fun.