A Mother’s Pride

I don’t often blog about my personal life and even more rarely about my family. Part of that is because I am, by nature, a very private person. But today is different. Today is one of those times when, as a mother, I’m filled with pride and sorrow at the same time.

I am lucky. I have a wonderful son. He is no longer my “little boy” although, in my mind, he always will be. He never caused any problems growing up and he worked hard to complete a five year degree program at Texas A&M. In high school, he joined the JROTC and in college he was a member of the Aggie Corps of Cadets and AFROTC. From the beginning, it was clear the Air Force wanted him and he signed his contract with the USAF on 9/11 several years ago. Now he is a second lieutenant and is about to report to his first duty post.

I am so proud of him in so many different reasons. He has turned into a man who cares about family, friends and those around him. He is respected by his peers and they look to him for leadership. He doesn’t hesitate to pull over when he sees a wreck on the road to see if he can be of assistance. If he hears a woman in distress, he will go pound on the door to see if she is all right. He is, in short, a gentleman in the truest sense of the word.

That is the pride. I’d like to think I had something to do with him becoming the man he is — and I know I did have — but so much of it he has done on his own. He is the one to make the decisions to act in certain ways and to choose a certain path in life.

The sadness comes from the fact that I know it is going to be a long time before I see him again. Hopefully, before the year is out, we’ll be able to go to visit him in Europe. If not, he is planning on using leave to come home. Plus there is Skype and telephones and e-mail. Still, it is the knowledge that I can’t just jump in the car and see him in a few hours that is taking some getting used to

Not that I would change anything. He has made a choice I’m extremely proud of. He has chosen to serve his country, a country that I still feel is the greatest in the world. I may not agree with what is happening in Washington right now but I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

So here’s a mother’s heartfelt thanks to her son for wanting to serve the country he also believes in and my thanks as well to every other mother who has watched her son or daughter do the same thing. Here is to every vet and every active duty/reserve member of the Armed Forces. Thank you and God bless.

6 Comments

  1. Congratulations to your son for completing his degree (my brother-in-law is an Aggie, so I know it is a great school.) and to you for raising him to think of others as much as, if not more than, himself. You are justified in being proud, Mom.

    My thanks to him for his service.

    May God protect him and your family while he is away.

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