I've traveled six thousand miles over the past five days, left my home and family, and had bad jet lag - twice. I have decided that I really don't like traveling. Not without my family. And nothing would convince me to leave some of my family... except my own flesh and blood. In this case, my eldest.
When Alec started basic training, I waited anxiously for his letters. I loved it when he could call home, and I worried about him. That's what a Mom is supposed to do, right?
I remember that when I left home for the first time, I was all too happy to leave. And I didn't want to come back. But I did. And then I didn't. And I loved being gone, and having my new, grown-up life. But I loved coming back home gone with my family, too. It was a hard, awkward mix for the first while.
Alec was glad to be gone, too. I think most kids are. But the first time he mentioned basic training graduation, it was only too obvious that he wanted us to be there. Oklahoma was a long way from our home. But we were there for him. That's what families do. We're there for each other.
Alec and his Opa have an especially close relationship. Alec is his first grandchild, and they have always been buddies. I really wanted to take my dad with us to see Alec's basic training graduation, but I was afraid the long trip with our rowdy active family would be too much for him.
So we hatched a plan to get my dad out to see Alec. After basic training, Alec had nine more weeks of training in Virginia, and I thought it would be fun to fly out for that graduation. Obviously it is too expensive to take our entire family (even though Angel cried to me on the phone first time I called home that she needed a "ticket to the plane, too"). But my dad and I could go.
We had a good time, even though I cried all the way as I was leaving. I'm a mess like that. This Mom has a hard time going away from her kids. Dad and I went to Alec's graduation, did some sightseeing, rested lots, and spent some good time with this boy who is quickly becoming a remarkable man. How did that happen, I'd like to know! I'm sure I haven't had him long enough.
And now I'm returning home. I'm melancholy to leave Alec there, but he has another month of Airborne training before he can come home. But I miss my other kids. I miss my man. I'm sure my bed has missed me.
And I can do without being away for quite a while. I'm really just a homebody... and I like it that way.