Thursday, July 23, 2009

Parting is not Sweet Sorrow. . .

It is gut-wrenching, sick-to-your-stomach, agony sometimes.

So, my dear son, the one in uniform, came home for R & R from the scary place. . .and it was so good to have him around. A little stressful at times, so many things to do, only 15 days to do them, when will you be here to see us again? But, still, glad to have him here, even if just for sleeping. . .really, says the Mommy.

Wifey-Poo also so glad to have him in her arms again, even if they are "living" with her In-Laws for the two weeks. . .so happy to know where he is, to be able to call him on the phone, to know he is not in harm's way. . .what a relief.

They say that all good things come to an end. I guess it's true. That 15 days was long for a vacation, but too short for us. There were emotional highs. . .and lows. . .as we all got used to each other again. It was great to see him, hug him, hear his voice in person. And it was pretty crappy to have to take him back to the airport, and send him back. . .thankfully his tour is more than half over. We are already missing him, and looking forward to the next homecoming. Hello, Army life!

We were lucky to be able to take him all the way to the gate at the airport. Thanks, Andrea, for putting us in touch with the right people for that! It was tough to wait around, knowing he had to go. . .but good to see him until that last possible moment. . .

And it was agonizing for Wifey-Poo to finally let go when that last boarding call came. No more delaying it. . .we all love you, Boy! Wifey-Poo and Mom will be fine. And you know Dad and Sis are doing ok, too. Stay safe, Son, and we will see you in a few months! We love you!

So, then, on to the knitting. . .I finished knitting this bag during the visit, but in the interest of space had buried the sewing machine to make room for the newlyweds. Now that I have some space re-claimed, I finally unburied it to sew the linings for the bag, and construct the thing! I think it turned out pretty good! Sis likes it too. . .good thing! It's her computer bag for the Fall Semester! Here's the whole bag, laptop inside.

Here it is with the computer sliding out. . .(I also lined the handle to reduce the "stretch" as the bag is worn. . .laptops can be heavy!)

And here it is empty, so you can see the cute stripes on the lining fabric!

And, totally opened up, I hope you can see that it has pockets all the way around the lining. Pockets for cell phones, pencils, ID, ipods, whatever she might need to stow, well I hope she has a pocket for it!

I worked for awhile (about 3 hours yesterday) to finish it up. . .and she LOVES it! Yay! And now, on to the next thing! What? Not sure. Will let you all see something soon!

Knit in good health!


  1. Oh, Pam, I could almost feel your pain as you had to say goodbye to your baby! I will keep him in my prayers until he is home safe and sound for good.
    Your bag turned out awesome! You are so clever, putting a lining and all those pockets in it! Still my hero....

  2. Okay, first of all, your son is a very handsome young man! Sorry, had to get that out of the way.

    I'm glad you got to see him and spend a little time with him. I'm sure it's beyond difficult to see him leave again. If it helps, just think about what a wonderful thing he's doing for all of us. It must be nice to have kids that you can be so proud of.

    And I love that bag! Hearing about your daughter going off to college makes me seriously nostalgic. What an exciting time!

  3. So sad that you son has to go back...I can't even imagine!

    the bag came out awesome! I want to see it in real life! Does she love it?