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Not painting related... Just a Proud Mom March 15, 2010

My time in Las Vegas is almost coming to an end.  Even though I have so much to get done in my studio back home, I have many reasons to be sad to leave Las Vegas.  The biggest reason is our son Justin, an Airman stationed at Nellis AFB, in Las Vegas, Nevada…

Blog 4 image1 - Justin Our son took early enlistment while he was a junior in high school and upon graduation from Mount Saint Charles Academy in Rhode Island he left home at the age of 18, to start his life in the military.  I will never forget the day my husband Roger and I brought him to Boston, gave him a big hug, waved goodbye, knowing that the next day he would be leaving, bound for San Antonio Texas, to begin his new life away from home.  I tell you that was one of the hardest days of my life.  So many thoughts went through my mind, remembering so many things during his childhood (saying, “Where did the time go”?), wondering if he will be safe, will he like what he has decided to do in life, will he be happy and when or if ever, will he return home.  Well, that day was 8 years ago (now 26), and no he has not returned home… just for a few visits.  The older we get, the harder it becomes, to say goodbye. 

Justin is now married to a wonderful girl and presently works as a medic at the local VA hospital. Come November 2010, he has to make a decision whether to continue on with a military career or opt to process out of the military. My Mom heart wants to tell him to leave the military (come home), but as a military brat (Dad was in the USAF almost 30 years) I know it can give him a good life.  Moms can only give advice but the end result has to be theirs…

Justin just recently completed his first tour of duty as part of the hospital medic team deployed in Afghanistan. It is hard to be away from home for long periods of time and to see such conflict. However Justin felt honored to be a part of this experience. As a little boy, I never thought he would be fit for such a position, but so resembles the personality of his Dad… giving, kind-hearted, and such a quiet gentle soul. Just the type of person, you would want alongside your hospital bedside, during tough times.

Yesterday, while visiting the VA hospital I got the opportunity to meet one of Justin’s bosses and I could never have been more proud of him than at that moment.  Once I was introduced, his boss proceeded to tell me it was a privilege to be deployed with Justin in Afghanistan and that he could not have asked for a better Airman to work with.  I think his boss had a little something to do with his current transfer from ICU to Family practice and once again they are working together on the same team. Last week Justin was awarded with a trophy and certificate for Airman of the Year, so I think he must be doing something right. He is a man of little words, but will always greet you with a huge smile.  Yes that smile I do miss… thanks for being our son… giving us much to be thankful for protecting our country with honor… Most of all I am proud to tell everyone I am your MOM…

Blog 4 image1 - 3 generations

Three generations… My Mom, Jan, son Justin and Me… trying not to hold on too tight…

We can only hold onto our children for a short time but they remain our children for life…

Until next time… Love Mom

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