Monday, July 11, 2011

28 days...

I live a blessed life. I have a a husband who is actually Superman
 (shhh! that's top secret), four children that amaze me every day, 
wonderful friends, a pretty home and the privilege
of time and space to pursue my artistic dreams. 
My heart sings a constant hymn of gratitude.

My oldest son is married to a sweet, lovely gal that we adore.
 He works for Frito-Lay and loves his job. They live close by
 which makes me so happy. My only daughter is a college student
 and a very talented artist. She is finding her way at her 
own pace (translation~ taking forever to get through school). 
She is a sweet, sweet young lady with a heart of gold.
My future sailor is an interesting kid~ very hard working, 
smart, driven. He knows everything, as do all 18 year olds.
 Beneath his bravado he has a tender heart and loves to help people.
And my "baby" is going into 9th grade. He is also very talented in art. 
He is very kind and brave.
I love them all beyond measure.

And in 28 days I will say goodbye to one of them. 
And it is goodbye~ goodbye to his childhood.
Unlike the more gradual transition to adulthood that most
 young people make,  the military life is a crash course
 in growing up. I know when my son leaves
 on August 8th, no matter what, he will be changed
when I see him again. I am excited for him
and proud of his choice. But part of me will mourn the loss
of his childhood, of his carefree life. 
I see it already~
 the realization of the seriousness of this endeavor. 

Next month at this time he will be in Great Lakes
being challenged  and molded into a Sailor in the world's greatest navy.
If he can do that, then I can do my part.
I can choose to dwell in gratitude
 for this opportunity, for all my sweet children, for this life that 
blossoms like the most tender rose. 


  1. Beautifully written! Love you!

  2. Hey, I call my husband and son superman. The funny part is that, along with their nickname, their last name is "Kent", just like Clark Kent. And I am an artist too....And one of our children is going into the military.


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