Carpe Diem Y’all by Michele Bernard

Writer, Texan, Semi-interested Sports Fan

Thoughts on Pre-Deployment Leave

donanobispacem0.jpgLord, bid war’s trumpet cease; Fold the whole earth in peace.~Oliver Wendell Holmes

My son leaves for Iraq.  But before that, he leaves me.  I take him to the airport tomorrow.  It will be the last time I touch my son, umblemished by war.  He will return forever changed.  I know this.  Regardless of his physical state of being on the day he returns, he will be forever changed.  As will I be.  I am not a Spartan mom.  I say lay down your shield and stay here with me.  Safe.  Whole.  I keep this to myself.  But he knows.    

I think of poetry I wrote back in the day.  A whole series likening tears to rain.  What did I know back then? Actually alot.  But my boy was too young to go to war.  I still had control and he was not allowed to play with guns.  What did I know of tears back then?   


November 18, 2007 - Posted by | Another F-ing Thought for the Day, Army Mom, Blogroll, Family, Heart, Michele's Musings, Motherhood, Parenting


  1. From one who knows where you are and where you are going on this emotional trip. My prayers are with you and your son.

    Kim, mother of Doug, 3rd tour in Iraq.

    Comment by Kim | November 18, 2007 | Reply

  2. Michele:
    My prayers are with you and your son. My grandson was sworn into the National Guard on Friday. It’s not Iraq, I know, but the possibility is there for the future. Please let your son know that we are very proud of him and what he is doing.
    Laverne Daley

    Comment by ldaley | November 18, 2007 | Reply

  3. Hoping the best for you and your son. Spicetalk

    Comment by spicetalk | November 19, 2007 | Reply

  4. Kim, Laverne and Spice – Thank you for your kind words, thoughts and prayers.

    Kim, I can’t imagine 3 tours. Please know you, your family and Doug will be in my prayers as well.

    Prayers and gratitude go out to your grandson too, Laverne.

    And Spice, thank you to you and the rest of our group for your support. It means the world.

    Peace to each of you and yours, Michele

    Comment by Michele Bernard | November 20, 2007 | Reply

  5. Michelle,

    I can’t imagine how that feels! We’ll keep y’all in our prayers.

    Love you!

    Comment by Chris | November 21, 2007 | Reply

  6. What can I say to my friend… nothing.
    I feel for you and the rest of your family. I pray, and I will listen and I will cry with you when you cry.
    Love ya!!

    Comment by Bridget | December 9, 2007 | Reply

  7. Hi!,

    Comment by name | September 1, 2008 | Reply

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