1,217 Days

November 10, 2019 – As of today it has been 40 months – 1,217 days that you have been gone my Amazing Aaron. You would have turned 23 on the 29th of this month. This is the year that your birthday is the day after Thanksgiving – it makes this year more difficult because that is how it worked the year you were born. Instead of asking you what you want to do for your birthday and plan something for your day I go through pictures and try to pull memories from my mind. These pictures are from 2015. You were so excited you were going to basic training and you couldn’t wait to start your new adventure. I remember sitting at the MEPS center in Nashville waiting for them to call you. They would announce names and I would watch young men get up and walk out of the room to the waiting van. It took everything I had not to cry because I knew your name was coming. I was so very proud of you but I was also scared. Scared of what would happen to you during basic training. I had heard the stories and I knew how you had handled school so I didn’t know what would happen. You showed me – you did it. You fought and you made it. I was so proud. Getting through basic training is one of the hardest things you can do and you made it – I don’t think you ever really understood what an accomplishment that was. You were strong and brave. I miss you every single day my beautiful boy. I love you with all my heart always and forever no matter what ❤️🦊 2015

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