This evening, whilst the fashion world begins its semi-annual, champagne swilling parade of what’s next, one of the dearest people in my universe will board the first leg of his journey to Afghanistan where he’ll begin a yearlong deployment as a broadcast journalist for the US Army. A fount of creativity, Specialist Gabriel A. Tolliver, will provide support for media operations from the base at Kandahar. His filmmaking background, progressive thinking and Cancerian sensitivity will serve him as he dispatches stories from the front.
The question of whether he was “in his right mind” when he chose to serve is, I suppose, easily answered yes as my favorite Southpaw (after my Pops) by nature operates in his right brain. My opposite handedness with its inclination toward linear processing makes it difficult for me to wrap my brain around this choice, but his mama, a woman of faith, a woman who perhaps trusts in the “big picture” thinking of her left-handed youngest child says, “Sonny, something good will be coming from this.”
I ask that you keep a good thought, light a candle, pray to the God of your understanding that he be shielded mind, body and soul from harm and returned to the land of his birth to tell the tale and share the truth.
ACU (Army Combat Uniform) Universal Camouflage Pattern marks Gabe’s government-issued Bible.