What incredible day! It wasn’t what we did, it was whom we shared it with: our son and his lovely girlfriend, Chelsey.
We toured Camp Lejeune (which is huge), browsed the PX and bought a few US Marine mementos, drove to Wilmington to see the historic homes, wander the waterfront and to dine at the famous brewery. Afterwards we drove back to Jacksonville, napped, then spent the entire evening playing Spades with our son. It was absolutely perfect, exhausting, emotional.
At the end of an evening of cards (won by the old couple, much to the chagrin of the young couple), we didn’t say goodbye to our boy, as he was coming by our hotel to see us before duty on Thursday morning.
The day was perfect because it was spent with our boy, whom we love more than life. It was exhausting because every moment shared was infused with so much passion and intensity. And it was emotional because sending your son off to war should never be anything short of excruciating.
We thanked God for an incredible, blessed day – and fell into bed drained.