The life of a trainee is not all shopping, reading, and
studying. The classroom has moved outdoors. We have begun to do some
scouting. As we walked through the woods, up huge hills, and down
neck-breaking slopes, Andy never slowed. Branches clip me, briars catch
me, and mud grabs at my boots, but I continue in the quick pace of my
dear. I once asked for a hand as I slid down a bank. From the look on
his face, I knew that I had a better chance of being caught by the cold
Little Kanawha. “Maricia,” Andy said, “You asked to come along. You must
keep up.” He is like a drill sergeant.
Our scouting has led to some gorgeous places. When we
happen upon a lovely glimpse of Mother Nature at work, he does slow down
to point out the beauty around us. I love this about him. We sat quietly
on the edge of a clearing as a herd of deer nibbled away at the grass.
It was worth the huffing and puffing up the hills.
Sometimes, Andy will leave me sitting in one spot as he
scouts around a perimeter for tracks and rubbings. He has been
disappointed with his findings so far. I confess that my favorite part
of this activity is seeing him stalking about in the distance. He will
always be a soldier, and his sniper courses will forever be engrained in
him. There truly are times that he is impossible to see. He becomes his
This is a fantastic thing to experience, yet frightening
too. Unfortunately, he can be so stealthy that I become vulnerable to a
heart-pounding fright. You can imagine how fun that is for him. It’s
like a sleeping cat pounced upon by a mean dog. With no enemy to watch,
he only has one person to torment and trap--me. When his ghillie suit
came out of the closet, that was a sign to be on full alert.
Now you see him...
Now you don't.
A ghillie suit is an outfit designed for stalking. This
suit is not worn for hunting animals. It is used in hunting man. I can
assure you that I am on guard when I see the appearance of the ghillie.
I am certain that somehow in our scouting experiences, this suit might
come into play.
I was hoping to enjoy this series, but I believe Andy is
having the most fun. Is it too late to change my mind? I began this
series as a wife on the trail of her dear. I became a new enlistee in
basic hunting and have ended up a possible target of the ghillie suit
man. When is this season over again?