For the past three years Michael has studied at the Tiradentes Military School here in São Luís. As we prepare for furlough, we go through a series of “lasts”, and yesterday was Michael’s last march with his platoon of schoolmates. Michael seemed to take it all in stride (yes, I know), but I must admit to a lump in my throat as the band struck up and I watched him stand to attention and swing forward with his friends for the last time.