Well, my son Chris joined the Army National Guard (infantry) about a month ago and was scheduled to go to 17 weeks of boot in September at Fort Benning in Georgia, possibly come home for a few weeks and then go to Afganistan for a year.
His recruiter came to his workplace last Monday and said his orders were changed and he was leaving next Monday (today) so he spent the week trying to fit in things he thought he had time for. He had started a landscaping project at/for a friend a month ago but it was put off by all the rain we've been having here in NH.
So Tuesday - Thursday I helped him finish that project. 3 pickup truck loads of dirt, building a stairway frameform & fill with cement and some odd stonework - the perfect thing for a bad back! Then he tried to topcoat our driveway which took 3 days due to the odd showers of rain.
He lost the only key to his truck at a friends house (party time) so i've got a locksmith coming over to cut a new key tomorrow.
We were planning on canoeing before he left but then he lost the truck key and I wasn't really up to canoeing anyways after the landscaping stuff but I said ok and we put the canoe on my car and went Saturday.
It was a good thing he was in the front of the canoe as the stream we were on that lead to the pond (the same one my wife and I walked to July 4th that ruined my back some more: http://home.comcast.net/~castle.walls/pond/pondindex.html
had a beaver dam that he stood on and pulled 'us' across it.
So Sunday we brought him to the Concord ANG station where he then drove down to Boston for the night and is today on his way to Georgia.
I know he'll be alright - once he gets used to his new sleep schedule - but I still have a hole in my heart and his mom is taking it worse than I expected.
part of me is proud and the other part just added to my pain and depression.