Bend In The Branch

The personal opinions of one among many.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005


With a huge smile on his face, Ard sat across from his daughter in their home's den talking about graduation and events in her senior year he missed.

"Daddy is here," Letitia said with a bright smile on her face. "That's what counts. It's good to have him home."

Each year during awards night, the local Rotary president presents Manning High School's valedictorian with an award. At this year's awards night on May 20, former Rotary club president Paul Floyd, Ard's father-in-law, gave Ard the honor of presenting his daughter with the award.

"There were tears everywhere," Letitia's mother, Janie, said Wednesday. "It was really a moving experience."

Less than one week after graduation, Ard will leave home again for the Middle East, but this time he'll have a shorter time before heading home.

God Bless You, Keep You, and Bring You Home Safely Once More, Aubrey!


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