Dana Goldsmith gets the prize for the most succinct sign among the dozens that decorated Soldiers Field House on Thursday for the return of the first batch of 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division soldiers from 15 months in Iraq.
It said, “Spc. Goldsmith. Hope you slept on the plane … not tonight!”
“I’m hoping he winds up standing right in front of me so I can make him giggle,” she said.
And as it turned out, Spc. Matthew Goldsmith did indeed march in with the last ranks of the returning soldiers and took his place in formation … directly across from his wife. And the sign worked like a charm.
Goldsmith was home on mid-tour leave a few days after the birth of his son Joey in October. He served a previous 18-month deployment with a National Guard unit before switching to the active duty and going to Iraq with the 4th Brigade. His wife said he’s been gone for two of their three years of married life.
Hence the sign.
“I am so, so ready to have him back,” she said.