Well, the folks at work surprised me with an impromptu farewell cupcake party, which was very sweet and unexpected.
However, apparently no one remembered that it’s Passover until I walked into the room, which was a little awkward.
The big irony is, that for all that it’s always cold in Siberia, Winter Soldier is a profoundly American codename. Yeah, hang onto your high school history textbooks, folks:These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
That comes to us courtesy of The Crisis, a 1776 pamphlet by Thomas Paine meant to stir up revolutionary morale. The winter soldier does not shirk her duty, in the toughest times does not retreat. The concept re-entered pop consciousness during the Vietnam war, when it was used by veterans trying to publicize American war crimes. The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.