This year our son turned 31. Like all other parents, we ask ourselves, where did the time go?
It truly does seem like yesterday that we were bringing him home from the hospital, in his little Steeler onesie. He was so tiny yet so big.
Today I see a young man, a soldier and a youth leader. In the days past I remember a baby who hated to sleep, he was always afraid he would miss something. He enjoyed being with us and never liked to be away from us for long. But as he grew up he would be the one always going somewhere – from one adventure to the next. Recently I told him, don’t tell me when you travel, just let me know when you get home! If there is a path to walk, mountains to climb and people to meet, he is there. He inherited my dad’s “itchy feet”, always wanting to see and do what is around the next bend.
When he was a baby one of his favorite games was “sack of potatoes” that is when daddy would sling him over his shoulders like a “sack of potatoes”. Another game was being attacked by the “mad washcloth” during bath time. His squeals of laughter would fill our home.
Thoughts go back to seeing both daddy and son sitting together on the recliner watching the Pittsburgh Steelers play. Today they go to the games and it is just as special as when they sat together, cheering their favorite team on the television.
When he was three years old we were stationed at Ft Gordon, GA where we
bought Tommy’s first set of BDU’s (Battle Dress Uniform). Tom was recently promoted, he then presented our son with his old Specialist 4 insignia. Wherever we went on post there would always be soldiers who would salute him and make a fuss over the young soldier who out ranked them, bringing smiles to a little 3 yr old boy. Today, he is the soldier, serving his country and bringing laughter and smiles to children all over the world.
We also share plenty of mother and son moments, when Tom would go out on TDY (temporary duty) we would make a day of it, finding new and interesting things to do, along with ordering order pizza. So much that it became a family joke that Tom did not have to worry about the milkman coming around when he was not home, he had to worry about the pizza man!
We also share an appreciation of movies, books, music and travel. And we both like to laugh ~ but today his is a quiet laugh with a twinkle in his eye that fill our lives.
From his first steps to his first day of school, to the bittersweet moment of his basic training graduation and first deployment to the joyous occasion of his college graduation ~ it has been a honor to watch our baby boy grow into the young man he is today. We thank God every day for the blessing of being Tommy’s parents.