Today has to be one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. Say goodbye to my son, Travis! When he left home a year and a half ago for Marine boot camp I said goodbye. When he would come home on leave and then go back to California I would have to say goodbye again. I got much better when he would have to go back – wouldn’t let him see me cry. This time was even worse. I had to say goodbye to Travis and tell him to be safe and that I love him very much. This has totally ripped my insides out. The tears just keep coming down. He is deploying to Afghanistan within a week. Of course, we are not able to know the exact date for security purposes. So, until he arrives at his destination I will be waiting by the phone and computer until he contacts me to let me know he is okay. I don’t know how other Moms do this sending their sons and daughters off to war. This all really bites! But, being a military Mom you somehow learn to be strong and get thru these difficult times. I’m sure he knows even though I let my guard down today, how much I love him, how proud I am of him and of course for him to return safe and sound.
To my son, Travis