Mom had the task of delivering the news to me.

"Well, I can't believe it, but your father will soon be an official member of the U.S. Navy... again" mom said.

My palms were wet, bile rising in my throat. The interior of the roomy, two-toned Dodge suddenly seemed claustrophobic.

Mom gave me a cursory, sidelong glance, then continued, "... and we got his orders today."