Well my baby left today. I did my best and tried not to cry in front of him. I know it sounds cold but I don't want him to worry - he's got more on his mind right now than whether I will freak out and run off with the milkman.
Anyways, I was smart and volunteered to pass out goodie bags to the guys while they did their check in procedures. It gave me a little extra time to stare at him. I wanted to take him in with my eyes. I never get to see him dressed like this. He's in his DCU's with all the gear on (LBE, kevlar, etc). To me he looks like a little boy playing soldier but the image is so cute because he has his serious game face on and it just makes him even more cute to me.
I also took a great picture that once I figure out how to get it uploaded I will. Its of another group waiting to deploy as well - well actually its a guy sleeping in a cot, arm over his eyes with his M16 clutched tightly in his other hand. I just have to make sure the photo doesn't contain sensitive info before I go posting it.
So I start and its one down.