2nd Lieutenant McHotty moved up in rank recently. (He is now a 1st Lieutenant.) This means a pay increase and also a black bar instead of the gold one. We had a little ceremony where he received his new black bar.
After the ceremony we went out to our favorite curry house. Rhayn and I enjoyed some tandoori chicken. Although it looks like we were just enjoying cheetos, instead. Our dinner was perfect, spicy and flavorful. It really hit the spot, as I have been craving curry from that particular restaurant for weeks.
As we got up to pay our dinner bill the waiter, in broken English, told us that our dinner was paid for, we only owed $3. Both Will and I looked at him, thinking maybe he was mistaken. No, the woman who had thanked Will so fully had also paid for our dinner. Our $3 was from an extra order of raita and gulab jamun that we ordered after she paid. It isn't as if we were hurting for money, but the sentiment of her actions touched me in such a strong way. It filled me with a happiness and sadness. Really just filled me with emotions that I am not used to feeling. I know that this war is stupid. To me its never been about the "fight against terrorism". But as long as our brothers, fathers, husbands, wives, mothers, sisters, daughters, and sons are deployed, it is all about them. It is about supporting the soldiers who fight for whatever reason. The men and women who continue to serve and fight for us, while we stay home. Those men and women who are away from their families and friends. It makes my heart ache with pride when our soldiers are thanked for serving, even though I feel a little embarrassed. They need to know that we love and support them, every single one of them.