The past few weeks have flown by…surprisingly. It’s as if one day, I woke up and whoa, it’s May….it’s Mother’s Day and I’m thousands of miles away from my child. This is not how motherhood should be in an idealized state, but due to choices I made long ago, this is how motherhood is for me, for now.
Padre Jim’s homily on Sunday was tender and sweet, everything a proper homage to mothers everywhere should be. I sat alone in a crowded chapel on Sunday, Mother’s Day, exhausted from a long night shift at work, but happy to have mass, wet hair and all. Missing Sunday mass (or Saturday evening) is an awful way to start a week (or end a week), especially here on KAF, where every day is a lot like yesterday. Sunday mass, for me, breaks up the monotony of work, of long weeks away from home and those I love.
I was looking at photos from the last time I held Isabella, when she and Daddy visited me in Seattle this past February, before leaving for Afghanistan. I’m posting a favorite shot or 2 or 3 here… she’s since grown at least 2 inches and her hair has lovely soft curls in the back. We chat nearly daily, even if it means I only sleep for a few hours before calling home, since there’s a 9.5 hour time difference. Hearing her voice, her toddler-chatter, the childish giggles, and her sing-song “Mommymommymommy” to the tune of Frere Jacques… it’s worth every minute of sleep lost. Thank you, Daddy, for taking such good care of our baby… I can’t wait to hold you both in my arms. That day will be MY mother’s day 2010! (PS: Thanks for finally putting up the growth chart!)
About the photos… these are recent shots of things that caught my eye. The Kabob house, where my regular order is #3, lamb kabob plate with extra (2) hot sauces. The new prayer garden at the chapel, built by the Kandahar Air Field Knights of Columbus and dedicated in memory of a soldier who passed away recently. The Twix box…I like Twix and find the Arabic scroll pretty. Samples of artwork from previous rotations at our hospital… there are some very talented individuals who have passed through our facility!