February 17

Monmouth family carries on with love sent from Afghanistan

Lewis family settles into life while keeping in touch with Maj. Scott Lewis, who is stationed at Bagram Airfield.

By Craig Crosby ccrosby@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

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THE PLEDGE: Lynn Lewis, right, poses for a portrait with her children Kimberlee, 17, left, and Nate, 6, in front of a sign that reads, “I pledge allegiance to the flag, and my heart to the soldier who defends it” on Friday February 14, 2014, in Monmouth.

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REMEMBERING: Nate Lewis, 6, laughs with his mother Lynn Lewis on Friday February 14, 2014, at their home in Monmouth. Maj. Scott Lewis, who is serving in Afghanistan, sent his son the Lego set and his wife the vase of roses for Valentine’s Day.

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They laugh now about the stuck tractor, especially recalling Scott’s reaction when they told him, but in truth Lynn would prefer her husband didn’t know about these things. She worries it will only add stress to a job that comes with overseeing 1,000 soldiers from across the country. Lynn’s service to her nation is doing whatever it takes to make sure Scott can worry about being a major without worrying about his duties at home, whether that duty is small, like taking care of the trash, or something bigger, like making sure the pipes don’t freeze during an ice storm.

“He feels bad that he’s not the one out there doing the driveway,” Lynn said. “He feels bad he can’t do anything here.”

As much as the family celebrates the important occasions like Christmas and birthdays as normally as possible, there is also a sense of wading through the occasions this year until Scott returns. Each occasion in the rear-view mirror means the family is closer to when Scott will be there to celebrate with them.

“We’re getting through riding the roller coaster,” Lynn said. “There are still dips.”

One of the occasions Lynn looks forward to around Christmas each year is attending the military ball with her husband. This year she had determined she would not go, but her best friend, whose husband serves with Scott, talked Lynn into attending. As much as she enjoyed being with her friend, Lynn found herself looking for her husband’s arms around her shoulders and the knowing looks that can only be understood by a spouse.

“We had a great time together, but it wasn’t by any means the same,” Lynn said. “Next year, I’m taking my husband.”

Craig Crosby — 621-5642ccrosby@centralmaine.com

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BUILDING: Kimberlee Lewis, left, helps her brother, Nate Lewis, build a Lego set that their father, Maj. Scott Lewis, sent him as a Valentine’s Day gift on Friday February 14, 2014, in Monmouth.

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FAMILY SERVICE: A blue star decal is in the window at the Lewis family home on Friday February 14, 2014 in Monmouth for Maj. Scott Lewis who is serving at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan with the Maine Army National Guard’s 133rd Engineer Battalion.

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