TheBoy and I are back home. It is so nice to be back, but I already miss our other kids and that beautiful grandbaby. I suppose this will be my perpetual state now…
missing some while enjoying others. *sigh* I don’t like how that’s worked out!
I intended to go to 3 homecomings while I was there.
The first should have been to meet SirGrape.
Unfortunately, I was not contacted and the poor guy was just looking
and waiting for me and I didn’t even know he’d come in. bah!
He came in the evening before SuperSoldier.
The last was the night before I left town.
We “heard” that BierMann was coming in Saturday night
and then were told he was not
and then were told he was there
~after he landed. We were late to the ceremony. Bah!
But we did show up before he left the gym (where the ceremony was held.)
Chief’s dad came up for SuperSoldier’s homecoming.
It is so nice that he is close enough to do that!
Chief’s dad did 2 or 3 tours in Viet Nam. Being at SuperSoldier’s
homecoming ceremony was a healing experience for him.
What he saw all of the soldier’s receive by way of welcome
was a far cry from what happened when he returned.
Not only did the Army not do as good of a job as they should have then,
society at large was so anti-war that they took it out on soldiers.
Seeing this very different welcome did his heart a lot of good.
I’m so glad he came.
It was nice to see my sons all together like this!
SuperSoldier brought/sent gifts.
This is a gift he brought for me.
He picked it up in Ireland. 🙂
He mailed most of the other gifts,
but we missed the package notification,
so he’ll have to bring those things when he comes home on leave.
It was very sweet to watch SuperSoldier with his niece.
He’s always been so good with babies and children.
That certainly didn’t change one bit!
Of course, I loved spending time with that grandbaby, too!!!
So did “Uncle TheBoy”!
He almost cried when we had to say good bye
and during our flight home he talked about how much he missed her.
TheBoy loved flying!
He was quite apprehensive at first
(think “meltdown” before we took off for the first time)
but decided flying was pretty darn cool after all!
There is so much beauty to see from the air.
But all of this travel wears a guy out!!!
There is beauty to be seen on the ground, too…
I thank God and Chief for making this trip possible for me. I would have been very disappointed to have had to miss SuperSoldier’s homecoming. I am so very grateful to have been there and to have been able to spend time with SgtSoldierSon, Mrs.SSS and Gariníon. I am happy to have enjoyed such mild (even cold!) weather.
But I am also happy to be back at home!