Let me offer a big shout out to the cadre, I understand I now have a "fan base." I'm flattered, nervous, paranoid, gee, thanks... I'm watching every word I say for fear of more push-ups coming a certain NC's way.
After a weekend of waiting, we finally got the call from our son. Now I find myself in a foggy, numb state after speaking to him. Time passed so quickly, just 10 minutes of conversation, 600 seconds and poof, it's over.
I wished he sounded more happy but I'm glad we got to talk. This is not summer camp where he gets to hang with friends and play archery so I should have expected it. The tone in his voice sounded weary and perhaps a little grouchy. I think I'd feel the same way if I were in his shoes/boots/low-quarters.
Days of waiting and now I feel blah. When he said, "I have a minute left." I just kept telling him, "I love you, baby!" because I wanted to make sure I told him that before he had to go. The house is emptier without him, I feel sad in my mama's heart.
We tape-recorded the conversation which might sound really cheesy but considering I've already listened to it twice, I'm glad we did. My extended family can hear our conversation and I noticed I felt better after my mom heard his voice and tried to discern how he was doing.
I'd appreciate continued prayers for my son and the challenges he has ahead of him, some that are particularly difficult for a mom to even imagine. We are getting Army Strong one way or another and can do all things through Christ who strengthens me/us.
Picture taken from West Point chapel. Shoes are not mine, they are the Superintendent's.