Strange how a deployment to a place like Iraq or Afghanistan can completely re-align your notion of what makes a “bad day”. Still, sometimes it is better not to say anything at all.
Bear in mind that Joe isn’t starting University for the first time– he had “a couple years” already that got interrupted by his deployment; now he’s going to finish it. Still, he’s two years behind the peers he started with.
And, yes, it is ironic that I portray Joe going back to school on the day that there’s no school, at least for most US campuses, due to Labor Day. Ah, well, we’ll just roll with it.