Hey there—I was bummed when I found out (via Facebook – NOT GOOD) that you weren’t coming home this week. However, I know you must have been more disappointed than I was to find out that your homecoming had to be put on hold. I already anticipated times like these, but I can’t help my heartstrings from tugging and getting the best of me. Well, that’s the military for you. What you told me on the phone the night before last--that’s a good enough excuse to delay vacations, trips, etc. I think the only thing that could have gotten you out of this one is a death—God forbid. Ahhh, the perks of being in the Navy and of being a Navy mom.
Well, I know you said not to make any plans until you are here, but I couldn’t help myself. I went ahead and booked the Vodka Tasting. As fate would have it, a few family members already RSVP’d with a Maybe (meaning “No” in my book). I figured that’s fine with me; less people I have to worry about --whether or not they make it to the event on time OR if they even make it to the event at all. Oh well--it just gives us more Mommy and Me time. Anyway, I promise that is the only thing I booked for you.
I must say this and whether you are tired of hearing this, I don’t care: I am so proud of you and the man you have become. Between us, you have always been the level-headed one and kept me grounded. I see your pictures and I see a young man who is loving, wise and strong beyond his years. You amaze me with your wit and keen perspective on life; and you always seem to find humor in the roughest of situations. You’re definitely an old soul, Anak.
As for me, I think I can survive another week (or two) without you ;o). I’ll hold down the fort if you promise to keep watch on our family and the rest of our country. Deal? Till next time and hopefully, you’re here to inspire my next blog entry, I bid you love, compassion & blessings. As always, I love and miss you.