Harper and Sweet Dee on a Washington beach as a storm rolled in. (photo by Aaron Hedge)

This isn’t going to end up the way we think it will.

We’re all soothsayers. I keep telling everyone this is going to last a long time. The biggest truth the military taught me was that change is the only constant in life. All this will fall away, the bad assignment. The good one, too. I knew a few contours of the future — I got out and advanced my education, but both experiences left me with flavors I could not have anticipated.