The other day when I was out walking this group of men ran past me. They were new recruits for the Marines, and I quick snapped their photo as soon as I realized this. Why? Well because my son Jason has just signed up for the Army National Guard and has been doing a little running himself to get into shape for the start of basic training in October.
Yeah, looked like he was going to leave for three months of basic training right before his sisters wedding. We were sad about that, but everyone wanted to be supportive of this decision he has made to work on his future.
Then he called me again today. I had left him a message about babysitting on Sunday, taking his little brother out to a twins game so that Scott and I could head to Orchestra Hall and have a nice afternoon date together. Turns out he can't babysit. Until fall. Because FRIDAY, yes, THIS FRIDAY he is flying to SOMEWHERE IN THE SOUTH to begin his training. He'll graduate sometime in AUGUST. This all came up today, so he has no details. He won't have a cellphone for the first part of the training. He will immediately be learning how to get by without cigarettes. He may or may not have weekly access to email. He doesn't have a mailing address yet. He is busy between now and Friday getting ready to leave, so I won't be seeing him again...until AUGUST.
I'm. not. ready.