I seriously get giddy when he calls; it’s like talking to a new boyfriend or something. He seemed surprised that I was so excited to hear from him. He had gotten a good night’s sleep after a 24-hour shift spent building a checkpoint. I can’t wait to someday be in a civilian professional life and look back on our conversations while in the military. Somehow I don’t believe that we’ll ever answer "what did you do today, honey?" with "I stayed up all night building a checkpoint with the guys to keep terrorists from reaching our TOC with a bomb."