Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg support each other in so many ways. We give hugs, smiles, shed tears and maybe a phone call when you know your "sister" needs it.
At each month's meeting, it is really amazing to hear the happiness, "I saw a green light on Facebook this week" or,"I received a phone call this week". We all smile, with tears in our eyes.
At our January meeting, one of our moms was counting down the days until she would be able to see her son again. He had been assigned to a nine month deployment to places that she will probably never hear about. We just know that he spent some time in Afghanistan and Africa. And, there were times that he was definitely in a dangerous situation.
The nine month wait for her son was hard...what was (and, I know first hand) even harder is the wait for the plane to land! For those who don't know it...when a unit returns home from deployment, they have ceremonies that they have to go through. They still hold formations, stand at attention, and listen to their Commanding Officers for a short time. All while their parents, girlfriends and family patiently wait for the ever-so-long-awaited hug.
Of course, Robin and her family made the trip to Kentucky to see Alec get off of the plane. I asked Robin to share a few words about how it felt. At first, she didn't know if she would be able to put her feelings into words. (I can totally understand how she felt!) But, here is what she said, "I hadn’t seen my son in nine months. It was 3:45am on a Sunday morning when his flight from Afghanistan landed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. We waited in the cold, holding our “Welcome Home” signs. It was dark, so when they started to deplane, we could only see shadows of the soldiers as they exited, but it didn’t matter. I knew my son was in there somewhere and that his boots were once again on American soil. When his company marched into the hangar, I was so proud, so happy, so relieved to have him back. When they dismissed them to go to their families, I lost him in the crowd for a moment and when he emerged, I couldn’t get to him fast enough. Nine months of fear, nine months of worry, it all came out of me as the tears streamed down my face. I couldn’t even speak as I held him in my arms like he was my little boy again. He just smiled, looked down at me and said, “I know, Mom. I love you, too.”
Just reading her words makes me cry. Her little boy...who was deployed to protect our country. Robin is one of the amazing moms that is part of our Blue Star Mothers of Fredericksburg group.
Thank you Robin for sharing just a little of your experience. We all thank you and Alec for everything! We love you too!