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1st-Mar-2012 12:42 pm
I woke up this morning remembering the large family reunions my mom's family used to have. We'd rent out all the cabins in a cave-riddled state park in Indiana (my mom's family is HUGE - I am the oldest of around 40 first cousins) and go spelunking and playing capture the flag together.  We'd swim in a river, right below the waterfall.  We'd try to be really quiet in the morning to see if we could avoid startling all the deer.

My cousin Jeremiah was my closest male cousin.  He was closest to me in age, and we just clicked - every time we got together for a reunion we'd hit it off all over again.

I just learned that Jeremiah was killed in Iraq (next of kin have been notified, obviously, since this article was published).  He was not a soldier, he was a teacher.  A missionary teacher at a Christian school. Pictures on his Facebook page show him in dishdasha and kaffiyeh.  Apparently he was killed by one of his students, who then shot himself.  God only knows why.
1st-Mar-2012 06:43 pm (UTC)
A friend knew him and had only wonderful things to say about him — I saw the news this morning, and it seems terribly tragic and senseless. What a tremendous loss. I'm very sorry and offer my heartfelt condolences.
1st-Mar-2012 07:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Juli.
2nd-Mar-2012 01:39 am (UTC)
I'm very sorry to hear that.
5th-Mar-2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks, C.
3rd-Mar-2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
5th-Mar-2012 03:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jay. (((hugs back)))
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