Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Back to School--And I'm Not Talking About The Kids
We found out this week, much to B's dismay, that in order to get the retirement package that we thought we were already getting, B is going to have to go back to school for his Master's degree. This hit us pretty hard--I haven't seen B so stressed in a long time--even when you take into consideration that he has had 5 surgeries in the past year. I feel bad for him because pursuing a Master's degree was probably on his list of "Things I Never Want To Do." The reason why he has to do this is a very long and complicated story, so I'll not bore you with it. I'll just give you the tiny condensed version of it. First, B is a full time reservist so it doesn't work exactly like it would with the Active Duty. Let's just say that he needs to make the rank of Lt Col in order to get the retirement that we thought he would be able to get as a Major. This is the difference between getting his retirement checks as soon as he gets out of the service in five or so years, or getting out of the service in 5 or so years and having to wait until he's 60 to draw the checks. It's a very big deal. So, he is finishing up an AF class that needs to be done by the end of the year, and he will most likely start his Master's in January. Fun--he said to expect him to be pretty much non-existent for the next two years. It is going to be tough--but we will adjust--and every thing will be fine. Jeremiah 29:11--that's what I keep quoting to B.--that and "Who, by worrying can add one inch to his stature" and "Consider the lilies of the field..." I'm probably pretty annoying with all the quotations! He'd better get used to it, because that's all I know to say right now. Bless his heart. He's had a tough week.
*** Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.