There wasn't a happier mama with a broken foot on a scooter in New York on Saturday, August 23rd. That's the day I got to see my boy who graduated from lowly new cadet status to plebe at the United States Military Academy. I, along with my DH, mom and two younger OS saw Nate along with over 1200 of his fellow new cadets join the rest of the cadre in a memorable ceremony. It was a sight to behold. I wouldn't have missed it for the world.
Saturday morning, my Soldier marched by me and it nearly took my breath away to see him in his uniform and white hat. My chiseled chin, steely eyed son marched by me and I was so pleased to recognize him in the sea of white and gray. "There he is! There he is!" I cried to my family. Like a badge of honor, I was thrilled that I, Nate's mom, saw him first. Thanks to my
handicap, we didn't sit in the bleachers and caught a closer look at him as he walked on by. Also, thanks to my handicap, we got a sweet parking spot so I had that going for me. HA!
June 30th is the day that I will always remember as one of the toughest days of my life. Saying goodbye was so intense. But August 23rd was one of the proudest because my son accomplished something most people will never understand. Surviving Cadet Basic Training aka Beast is very significant, I wouldn't have lasted ten minutes. But my boy did it, praise the Lord!
When I saw my Soldier walking toward us after the ceremony, I wish I had had wings instead of a scooter because I couldn't get there fast enough. I was peddling on my good foot as fast as I could. Good thing no one was in the way because I would have run them over. After six and a half weeks, having my son's arms around me, hugging him tightly, kissing those cheeks, I was proud and overjoyed. At long last, I could see him, touch him, spend time with my beloved child.
We took him back to the hotel where Nate put on some civies (regular people clothes) and then fell asleep. There is a lot of stress as a plebe and I think he needed some downtime, a chance to decompress. When you are a plebe, feeling like a human being is a luxury.
There is so much more to share and I'm savoring the memories hundreds of miles away. Stay tuned.