To Kyle and his family -
I have been browsing these posts and I am both relieved and saddened.
I am saddened at the loss of Kyle, and his family is in my prayers. He was a great guy, and I still can't get over the fact that he's gone. My condolences go to all of you.
I am relieved, though, that Kyle got to live a fulfilling life. All of these posts refer to him as both a soldier and a man - which is strange to me, because in my mind Kyle is still a 1st grader playing with me at recess, and talking about getting to watch parts of an R-Rated movie (Aliens, undoubtedly.) He's in middle school, talking about his next science test. He's in high school, talking about going to Pinnacle instead of staying at Cactus Shadows. I regret that I only got to see the beginning of Kyle's transformation to a man and a soldier, as we kept less and less contact with each other. I am, however, profoundly grateful that he indeed became a man, served his country, and got to pass on doing what he believed in and what he enjoyed. I hope that the rest of us in his class can live up to, in our lifetime, what he has achieved already. He will be greatly missed.
Rest in peace, Kyle.