Monday, August 13, 2007
The Practice Good-Bye
I keep looking at this photo, taken a number of hours before I dropped Kevin off at formation to leave for a month of training in California. He is so calm, like always, and I'm struck again by what a confident person he is. Not self-confident, really, but so confident in God that he just never seems to worry, or regret, or waver even the slightest bit. He's a rock, and I'm so thankful for him. Plus, he's patient with my misty-eyed female fussing when I find it necessary. Sort of like in this photo. You can't even tell that our neighbor across the street, the Colonel, was outside watering his lawn when I made Kevin lean against the bricks for a picture and told him he looked hunky. Can you tell? I know! He's a master of control and patience.
I'm telling the kids this is like practice. It's "only" a month, it's only training, and then we get him again for a couple more months before we have to say good-bye for longer. I'm not telling them it will be at least 15 months, because I'm waiting to see. You never know what will happen, really.
So, in the meantime I look at this picture and giggle to myself about the Colonel, and thank heaven that for now, it's only practice.