Wednesday, November 10, 2010

My Brother Has Joined the Army

When I went home to NY this weekend, it wasn't just to run the half marathon with my Sis.

It was also to say goodbye.

To him:
My youngest brother Dan.

He has enlisted, you see.

Much to the absolute and utter devastation/dismay/heartbreak (you choose) of my mother.  For which there are no words to console her.  No one can say the right thing.  Trust me on this.

But you know what?

I get it.

I too am a mother.  With three sons.

And no matter how old they are?

They will always.always.always be mah babies.

I get it.

Next week, Dan leaves for Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

So this past weekend, we threw him a surprise going-away party.

He had no clue.

It was fun, yet bittersweet.

Obligatory family pic

He will be back at Christmas though.  So it wasn't really a goodbye. 


Godspeed, my baby brother.

Godspeed, Uncle Dan.

"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."
-John F. Kennedy


Rachael said...

I wish I knew what to say. So I'll just say Thanks to your brother for willing to sacrifice a different life to protect my freedom.

Shell said...

I am already afraid that any of my boys will choose the military. I know, that's crazy, they are so young. But, we live in a big military town.

Congrats on your half-marathon!

Anonymous said...

I just started crying! I will keep him in my thoughts

Sarah said...

Oh my gosh - I can't believe what a small world. My husband just joined the Army. He is the Nuclear Medical Science officer stationed in Wellesley (there is a tiny Nat Guard building in Wellesley - who knew!) He is currently at Ft Leonard Wood until Dec. 10th.

My husband is 34 and this is a brutal situation right now (me, home, working with three kids and him away from them), but hopefully in the end it will end up being a great move for his career and our home situation.

Tell your brother to bring his fishing gear if he has any - I guess there is very little to do there! I just talked to C and he was wondering the aisles of Wal-Mart killing time. ;)

It is a tough transition - I wish you guys the best of luck. Thank you for your sacrifice!

bohomamasoul said...

Oh, mama...I'm so sorry you had to say goodbye. It sucks saying goodbye, and especially when you know they're off to do something that has the potential for big time danger. I'll be praying for Dan, and your mom. Hoping she gets some peace soon :) And you, of course.

Mari said...

I am now crying at work! God bless you brother and your family.

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

citymouse said...

Linked to your post from SITS.

My son Matt enlisted in the Army in April 2009. He is now in Iraq. I can appreciate how your mother feels. My family is very patriotic and support the military, but it takes on a new meaning when someone you love is involved. My family and I keep all the troops in our prayers and I know we are not alone. I hope this is an awesome experience for Dan.

Fairly Odd Mother said...

Wow, I'm in tears too. I was at a Veterans Day parade today and I thought, "oh, this little boy in my arms, what will I do if he wants to join the military". i understand the desire to serve your country, to be a part of something so much bigger than just yourself, but as a mom, ooof. I feel for you mama right now.

May he stay safe and accomplish what he hopes for our country. It takes a special person to do this.

Rebecca said...

That has got to be hard...knowing that he's doing something so brave, but not wanting to let him go.

Amanda said...

Godspeed, indeed. And thank you. And to your mom, the fiercest hug.

Unknown said...

My son has joined the army and leaves this July 2014. Perhaps with your experiance you would have suggestions for high school graduation gifts for someone joining the military?

Please let me know how your brother is doing now.



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