Monday, October 29, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Eric sounded a little down on the phone. I'm thinking that maybe he's a little homesick, missing his wife (who is also stationed in Korea, but at a different base), and just generally tired. He's in an unfamiliar country, and as I understand it, there's really not much to do off-base there. He's planning a trip to visit his brother and sister-in-law in Japan, but that won't be until February.
Since I know he reads my blog (even though he doesn't leave comments), I thought I would share some of my favorite memories of him, and remind him just how much we love him and how damned proud we are that he's our son.
Eric was a bit klutzy when he was growing up, so a lot of memories I have are of injuries. Like the time I told him, "Eric, I'm opening the freezer door, DO NOT walk this way for a minute." (we had to tell him things like that or he'd walk right into it.) Well, about two seconds after I said that, Eric walked into the freezer door like it wasn't even there! The handle got him on the nose, and I think he got a black eye from it. There was another time when he was playing in the woods with his brother and a bunch of neighborhood kids at night, and Eric was the one to run into the rusty 55-gallon drum that nobody knew was there. I believe he still has a scar on his stomach from that.
But my memories of Eric growing up are not all injury-related. I can remember going to car shows, the Worcester Nationals in Massachusetts, for example. We'd pack-up the kids and go for the day, and Eric loved T-buckets. He pointed out every single T-bucket in the show. For those of you who don't know what a T-bucket is, here's an example:
We would have to take a picture of every single T-bucket at the show, and the show was huge. It took us all day to see what we could and we never did see the whole thing.
Another of my favorite memories of Eric is when he called us on September 1st, 2005, and said, "We're going to get married, and we want you and Dad to be witnesses." He was 20 years old. I calmly explained to him that I thought he might be a bit young to get married, and why the rush, etc., etc. Then he calmly explained to me that he loved Toshia, and they were going to get married anyway, but if they didn't get married now, the Air Force could not guarantee that they would be stationed together again. He explained all this to me so calmly, and in such detail; I almost couldn't believe I was talking to Eric. Eric, who usually gets so excited, and maybe a little heated when having to explain himself. I knew he had his mind made up, and I could either go with the flow, or miss out on a wonderful event. Needless to say, I wouldn't have missed it for anything in the world.
It's funny that when Eric was a teen, his Dad would try to get him to work in the garage with him, and Eric was not having it. He hated working in the garage. Daryl would tell me, "It's like pulling teeth getting that kid into the garage." It's funny, because now Eric is a mechanic in the Air Force, and doing very well. This makes Daryl extremely proud.
Eric has grown into a proud young man, and he is loyal to his friends and family, sometimes to a fault. When he was stationed in Tucson, he came to stay with us in Phoenix, every chance he got. We went Salt River Tubing a few times, he took Vicki to California and Sea World. He took me food shopping at the base commissary in Glendale when money was tight. We were lucky that he was stationed so close to us. He spent holdiays with us, and we were able to visit him in Tucson, too. He is perhaps, one of the most compassionate and caring individuals I know.
We love you very much, Eric, and we're proud as hell of the way you've defeated your demons, and of the man you've become. Keep your chin up, you'll be visiting Rex and Deja in no time, and then it's on to England! We can't wait to visit you there.
Friday, October 26, 2007
- Have some clam chowda - we ate a lot of chowda!
- Enjoy the cool weather - not so much! The avg temp during our visit: 75, but still cooler than Phx!
- Can you say G & S Pizza??? - We almost missed out on this, but alas, we made it!
- Visit with D's fam - Saw Dad, that was interesting. He didn't know who I was for the 1st 15 minutes I was there!
- Visit Dad's grave - Not as sad this time.
- Lunch with my Cyndi-girl - Ended up being coffee, but it was great to see her!
- Breath in the cool sea air on Cape Cod - more satisfying than I remembered!
- Take lots of blog-worthy pics - See below
- Meet my new great nephew - Little baby Jason is a little doll!
- Lunch with my favorite Brit, Bev - changed plans to dinner - what a great night!
- Enjoy the company of my Mom and sisters - can't get enough; I wish they would come visit me!
- Eat some great food, and probably gain 5 lbs! - Yeah, 3 lbs to be exact! SlimFast to the rescue!!
Oh, yeah...I had Dunkin Donuts coffee every flippin' day! It was wonderful!
So, we had a wonderful trip. Here are some pics to enjoy:
If you're ever in Buzzard's Bay, have the chowda at Lindsey's!
Friday night: closing the bar with Savina - again!
Vicki at G&S Pizza
My sweet baby Jason!
Dinner with my favorite Brit
Vicki on the rock in my sister's back yard
Going over the Bourne Bridge - Cape Cod, MA
I was trying to get a picture of the 'Cape Cod' shaped bushes, but figured it was still a good pic...do you know what a rotary is?
Vicki and my sister Gayle in front of her house.
Vicki, Amanda and Stevie, my niece and nephew.
These are pics of the field across the street from my Mom's old house. I used to explore those woods for hours as a kid! I was standing on the sledding hill to take these pics.
I took Vicki to Frothingham Park (in my home town) to play one day. I forgot just how pretty that park is.
Hope you enjoyed my vacation pictorial! Next trip will be for our 10th anniversary, but we're still undecided on our plans.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
- Have some clam chowda
- Enjoy the cool weather
- Can you say G & S Pizza???
- Visit with D's fam
- Visit Dad's grave
- Lunch with my Cyndi-girl
- Breath in the cool sea air on Cape Cod
- Take lots of blog-worthy pics
- Meet my new great nephew
- Lunch with my favorite Brit, Bev
- Enjoy the company of my Mom and sisters
- Eat some great food, and probably gain 5 lbs!
I'm going to be really busy, but I'm excited to see family and friends. I'm also excited about eating all the great food there! Woo-hoo!!!
Update: How could I have forgotten...DUNKIN DONUTS COFFEE!!!!!!!!!!!!! There's a Dunk's on every friggin' corner back there! ;o)