Good bye to a soldier

We made a last-minute decision to take advantage of no school today (Veterans’ Day) to fly to Watertown in upstate New York to see Eric before he deploys to Afghanistan this Saturday. We arrived Friday evening, picked up Eric at the base, ate dinner and drove south to spend Saturday and Sunday in Syracuse. The Great Lakes weather remained constant the entire weekend giving us cold temperatures, clouds, rain and wind.

Eric says for PT, many times his platoon sergeant will have them run down this hill (about 1,000 feet) and lunge back up.

Eric says for PT, many times his platoon sergeant will have them run down this hill (about 1,000 feet) and lunge back up.

On Saturday I visited two quilt shops while the boys burned off some testosterone riding go-carts at an indoor race track. After dinner, we saw the movie Captain Phillips and then returned to the hotel and played card games until bedtime.

Ross tried on some of Eric's gear to get a feel for the weight. Eric said the body armor alone weighs 35 pounds. Add water and ammunition, you're carrying 40 pounds.

Ross tried on some of Eric’s gear to get a feel for the weight. Eric said the body armor alone weighs 35 pounds. Add water and ammunition, you’re carrying 40 pounds.

Ross is holding the chest plate to Eric's body armor.

Ross is holding the chest plate to Eric’s body armor.

We had a nice time, but it’s hard to say good bye to your flesh and blood, knowing he will be living in a third-world hellhole for the next nine months trying, among other things, not to get himself killed.

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It’s just that when you’re a mom, you can’t help but think about them from this perspective:

Eric in kitchen drawer

I love you, Eric. Be safe.

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One response to “Good bye to a soldier

  1. Safe travels, Eric. You are a brave and courageous young man – and your parents and country are very proud of you!

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