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Tuesday, February 16, 2010: Son's visit

        Grown don't mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown? What's that suppose to mean? In my heart it don't mean a thing.
                                -- Toni Morrison              

 

         My son, the Ensign, has arrived for a short visit home. He’s spent the last year and a half on the east coast training for nuclear subs, and will be reporting back to duty in another few days. His first week of leave was spent recovering from months of twelve hour shifts; by the time I see my son he looks rested.

         His visit came without much warning or pre-planning. He called when he was an hour away from Ann Arbor and I madly dashed to the store for fresh salad greens and vegetables. Boneless lamb rolled around spinach and feta cheese had been my impulse buy: a major change from Navy food, yet easy to throw into a cooking bag. It would give us a special meal while allowing me time to focus more attention on my son.

        My eyes carefully scanned his face, checking out how he’s changed, looking for some way to mother him. I asked too many ‘mother questions’--about his diet, his social life, the training stresses, his future plans. He is quite capable of taking care of himself, but I find it hard to turn off my mother-genes.

        This morning the house is unusually quiet. R. was up early, leaving hours ago for the airport.  While it’s sad that R. was committed to a business trip (and will not be here to spend time with his step-son), what mother would not be delighted to have an entire day of one-on-one time with a grown child.  

         I hear stirring downstairs. Time to fix breakfast and begin a day of mother-son activities.



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