Monday, December 16, 2013

Saying goodbye to the boy

I realized after my post about the super amazing surprise quilt that many of you thought it was my husband that went on deployment.  My husband did but many...many...many years ago, lol!  We are that old!  My son is the one who left in November.  He is number two out of the four that span three decades of children.

The two younger children and I were able to drive up and see him off. His older brother, sister-in law and two nephews live in OK and were unable to come and since the in house engineer decided to go for his Master's Degree instead of buying a motorcycle he was stuck home doing schoolwork. So off the two youngers and I went...to Tennessee!  Mind you this decision was made two days after I returned from Quilt Market and so I was completely unprepared for the journey but those are usually the best ones.




 When we arrived Adam was already telling Michael who the boss was and it was not me,lol.


I had no idea how much STUFF was needed to go on deployment.  When the in house engineer deployed I drove him to the squadron ( he was a Navy P-3 pilot) and off he went. There was nothing extra to do, it was all taken care of.  I swear we must have spent 95% of our time in shops trying to locate all the things he needed to take with him.  The worst part for me was the dogtags. It is funny when things become real in your brain, when reality takes a sledgehammer and gives you a solid WHACK and reminds you of what is really going on. He needed dogtags and for those of you not in the military, the purpose of dogtags is identify the deceased. There is one one a larger chain and then one on a smaller chain.  The one on the smaller chain is a toe tag.  This was my sledgehammer. I am sure the guy in the shop understood why I went from zero to bawl in less than 8 seconds.  He is my baby...


After we had all the stuff we needed for THAT five seconds and I was able to snap out of my reality check, we had a small fender bender in the parking lot.  It was so crazy! Did not even see the car and she did not see us!  So we sat around goofing off until all the proper stuff was done.  Adam even found a quilt pattern for me!!!

We spent so much time in the car doing errands that on Sunday Michael decided that we were going joy riding and we did. Through the back roads of Tennessee and Kentucky.  We saw all kids of beautiful sites and some fun barn quilts too...even though these are not on barns :o)  The one in the middle is my favorite!



Little Miss took full advantage of Adam's quilt and slept in every morning.  She had been hanging out with Michael and staying up late so I did not say a word. She needed both the time with him and the extra sleep.


Michael did not have a sewing kit so I made sure that he had only the best to take with him!

 The morning that he left there was one of the most beautiful sunrises I have even seen.  I could not possibly take a photograph that could do it justice.


So, my son, my baby boy is off on deployment.  I have to give BIG APPLAUSE to the airport  for letting us have special passes to see him off at the gate, to Southwest Airlines for holding the plane a little longer so we could properly say goodbye ( my apologies to the passengers on the plane and my eternal gratitude), and to all of my dear sweet caring friends here for all of your support and well wishes.




15 comments:

Beth said...

What a hard thing that must be to do. My son is 17 and contemplating the military and we have talked alot about it but it was real when I sat down with his guidance counselor and then started crying! Yes I knew before that! Take care through the holidays!! And thank him for his service!

margaret said...

so hard for you and the family and coming just before Christmas seems so tough, he will be back I am sure the time will fly. Such brave youngsters giving their time to deefnd their country I salute him

Sara said...

Gosh the first pic and the sunrise are stunning Kim!!!

May your son be safe during his time overseas wherever they have sent him. My almost 6 yr old son admires his daddy SOOO much for what he does as an ARMY man. I wouldn't be at all surprised if he followed in his footsteps,but I know this mama will still be unraveled if it happens. Stay strong Kim!

Katy Cameron said...

Aww, glad you guys got to take the trip to see him off, and I'd expect nothing less of you but the best sewing kit out there... :o)

Flying Blind... said...

Oh you gave him the perfect send off; hugs to you my friend xxx

Elsa said...

Wishing your boy the best on his deployment. Must be so hard, as a Mom, to let him go. I can not imagine.
Sending you strength and love till he comes home.

Needled Mom said...

The dog tags would have hit me too. We still have my husband's who was also a navy pilot!

It sounds like a perfect sendoff for your son. I will be keeping all of you in my prayers.

Tamara Hampton said...

We had to send one off too. I pray you have the same feelings going to the airport when he comes home that we did. He was home safe at last. I will keep your son in my prayers.

peaknits said...

Wow, this post brought tears to my eyes. Thank you mom, for raising such a wonderful son willing to serve for us all. Take care, I will also keep your son in my to prayers with all deployed service people.

Gramma Quilter said...

It is never easy letting our kids go, but this must have been extra challenging. May he come home again safe and sound!

Audrey Matlock said...

A difficult time for family, but know there are millions who support all of you and are greatful for his service. Thank you.

Michele said...

This brought tears to my eyes. May he be safe and return home to you soon.

Vicki said...

Hello Kim:
I just found you through PSIQuilt, and heard about your deployment quilt. I too am a Army Mom of 2! Both have done the deployment thing and are both state side thank Heavens. But those moments when you have to pull away and say goodbye are the hardest thing I have ever done as a Mom. Know if there is anything I can do, even if it is a listening shoulder just call out.
Hugs from afar,
Vicki
stardesertnight@yahoo.com

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Sarcastic Quilter said...

And now I'm crying. I was successful in not focusing on the details mom, but it could not be avoided, even in this post for me to appreciate how you all felt. I love you... I pray for him every day and I am going to shut up now.

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