Most of them sophomores in college, they are home with their families for the holidays, and they have a few carefree weeks to hang out with all their old high school friends.
My daughter has been getting together with local friends to talk, eat junk food, and watch movies.
Not all of my daughter's high school friends are home, though. Some are missing. The kids who went into the military are overseas.
Daughter says that her friend Crewcut is in Iraq now but plans to be back this May. "He keeps saying that if he makes it back, we’ll all be just getting out of school for the summer and we will have a big party."
She paused, "He always says it like that … if I make it back…."
He is nineteen years old.