Me: Okay, Load up, it's time to head for home
Toddler: And see daddy?
Me: No honey, daddy isn't home. Remember?
Toddler: Daddy is going up in the plane
Me: Yep, daddy went up in the plane and he is gone for his army job now. And he is going to be gone for a long, long time.
Toddler: Yeah, daddy flew home in the plane. We see him when we get home.
...this is going to take a while to sink in I have a feeling. This basic conversation was repeated multiple times today. Regarding restaurants, a rest stop, and stopping to visit friends. Everywhere I said we were headed he thought we were going to meet daddy there.
Deployment Day Recap:
My handsome hubby ready to the leave the hotel, but being forced to pose for a picture AND smile.
(The picture is grainy because it was taken on my cellphone before I wiped off the lens from the latest kiddo grubby hand mauling)
Isn't he handsome?
On the way to the armory...but first, pit stop for coffee!
The Big D taking a walk in Armory
The Soldiers in formation to get on the buses and head to the airport.
The Hubby is in the very back row, 2nd in from the left.
The Toddler getting tickled outside of the Jet Center. It was chilly and windy, but I wasn't being a good parent - so short sleeves and no coat for the small child.
Before you turn me into CPS though, the sun came out and it warmed up.
Have you ever noticed how a child can change the mood quicker than? ... I dunno, quicker than some clever witty saying. They can change your mood in a flash. I am standing outside, holding the Toddler, my MIL (Mother in Law) holding the Big D...both of us blubbering and blowing snot watching the soldiers marching in line to get on the plane, Toddler had just picked his nose and dropped a booger down my shirt (the same booger that 4 adults with kleenex failed to get) and then puts a finger on the tip of my nose and pushes it up and loudly says "Check Mommy for boogers!" I needed that moment of brevity to laugh. To break the tension. After-all its hard to feel too serious with a 2 year old trying to stick a finger up your nose.
Earlier I had been holding it together better until being my snotty selfish self I was starting to get
One little person can change the mood so fast. You would almost think they have more insight then we give them credit for....now if they could just understand time and how airplane flights work.
**PS - Thank you Mom for coming with me and helping with the boys. Your support meant more than you will probably ever know.
I hear ya Mom, I'm not ready for him to leave either. But whatcha gonna do?