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That time again

Posted by Debbie Gould on January 19, 2011 at 9:23 PM

It's been a while since I've been on here. Figured I'd better get back into the swing of things. Last time I posted was October of 2009, and Renee was just headed to Afghanistan. She made it through that deployment and was back home the end of May 2010.

Her transition back to a "normal" life was quite difficult this time. But like the strong woman she is, she made it happen. I think having Jadin back again helped a lot.

Well, having been home only 9 months, she has to go back again. It's so damn frustrating, but I digress. I'm not about to get political on my blog, lol.

So anyway, she heads back to Afghanistan the end of February, and we go down to pick up Jadin and bring him back to Florida in just a few weeks. Bitter sweet, that. One the one hand, I get to spend another eight months with my grandson, who by the way will be six Feb. 3rd. On the other hand I have to send my daughter back into the war zone. My heart aches just thinking about it, but I am not going to dwell on something I can't change.

I want to fill you in on a conversation I had with Jadin on the phone a couple days ago.

We live in Vermont, but it's on the border of NY. I was driving through town in NY, talking to Renee on my cell, (yeah, yeah, I know) and I pulled up to a stop sign. I look over to my left and there is the town cop car sitting there looking at me yacking away on the cell. (Ummm p.s. I'm not sure I was wearing my seat belt either...shhhh) Well, shit, I say, as he starts to pull out. I tell Renee I think I'm about to be pulled over and hang up. But, to my advantage, two cars pulled up behind me. By the time the police would have had a chance to pull out after me, I was already almost to the border, so I don't think they even bothered at that point.

So, I called Renee back and Jadin answered.

"Nina? Did you get pulled over by the police?"

"No." I said. "I got away before the came after me."

"You RAN from the police? You can't run from the police, you'll get in more trouble, they'll call in more police and they'll arrest you." He tells me is his five year old authoritative voice. How he knows this, I don't even want to ask.

I tried explaining that I didn't run from the cops, that they just didn't have time to come after me, but he wasn't having any of it. Even went so far as to tell me I should have waited for them, given them time to turn on their lights and come after me. LMAO!

I wish I had recorded his fifteen minute lecture. I could have played it back to him every six months from the day he turns sixteen. Then let him tell me his view on giving police the time to turn their lights on, lol.

So, yeah, this is just a small taste of what I have in store for the next eight months. The older he gets, the more opinionated he gets. Renee once asked me if it was bad that her five year old kept getting in the last word. Ummmm, yeah, I'd say that's a bad sign. Since it's just the two of them all they do is debate each other, it's a bit scary that he leaves her speechless 80% of the time. Although I will say, he knows his boundaries. Being a military brat already, he has impeccable manners in public and knows not to push his mom to far. Their debates on the other hand, priceless.

Anyway, I promise to keep everyone up to date better than I have been doing.

By the way, I've finished co-writing Sins of the Mind with L.J. Garland. We're going to spiffy it up and get it submitted. Cross your fingers for us, we have tons of new stories coming.

Thanks to all for your support,

Debbie

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23 Comments

Reply Regina Carlysle
10:31 PM on January 19, 2011 
Funny. I don't know whether to laugh or cry over this post. You must remind Jadin about this conversation when he's about 16 or 17. He'll get a laugh out of it. As to Renee heading off again, I can only say it all makes me tear up. Praying she comes home safely and that they'll all be home soon. Love you honey.
Reply Hales
10:40 PM on January 19, 2011 
You know I'm here for ya. Just ding my IM if you want to chat. I've been lucky Vernon hasn't gone back an 8th time. It is soo good to see you around and your Daughter is blessed to have you and that your able to care for that handsome grandson of yours. I still have that shot glass for her too :)
Reply Debbie Gould
10:44 PM on January 19, 2011 
I intend to remind him of everything including this conversation, lol. He is just too much, makes me laugh everyday and I have to remember to share his wisdom with everyone. He puts some adults to shame.
And, thanks for the prayers. As a mom yourself, I don't have to explain anything. Love you too. Deb
Regina Carlysle says...
Funny. I don't know whether to laugh or cry over this post. You must remind Jadin about this conversation when he's about 16 or 17. He'll get a laugh out of it. As to Renee heading off again, I can only say it all makes me tear up. Praying she comes home safely and that they'll all be home soon. Love you honey.
Reply Regina Carlysle
10:46 PM on January 19, 2011 
Debbie says...
I intend to remind him of everything including this conversation, lol. He is just too much, makes me laugh everyday and I have to remember to share his wisdom with everyone. He puts some adults to shame.
And, thanks for the prayers. As a mom yourself, I don't have to explain anything. Love you too. Deb
Reply Regina Carlysle
10:48 PM on January 19, 2011 
I just thank God you have him. Humor helps us deal, I think. His joy and his...ahem...unique perspective...has to make you laugh and laughter IS so healing. It helps us get through the hard stuff.
Reply Debbie Gould
10:51 PM on January 19, 2011 
It sure does! I think he is the one that makes it easier on all of us. Again, makes you wonder who the adult is, lol. He is wise beyond his years.
Regina Carlysle says...
I just thank God you have him. Humor helps us deal, I think. His joy and his...ahem...unique perspective...has to make you laugh and laughter IS so healing. It helps us get through the hard stuff.
Reply jill
10:53 PM on January 19, 2011 
Your grandson has an old soul in a little 5 year old almost 6 body. He is too much.
He is definitely more mature than a lot of adults I know.
Reply Debbie Gould
10:57 PM on January 19, 2011 
Aint that the truth, lol. Just wait till you read some of the stuff I share, he'll have you laughing your ass off. Like one of his main worries about leaving his mom is that everytime he's gone, she gets a speeding ticket. He told her she couldn't afford anymore of them.
jill says...
Your grandson has an old soul in a little 5 year old almost 6 body. He is too much.
He is definitely more mature than a lot of adults I know.
Reply Lisa Alexander=Griffin
10:57 PM on January 19, 2011 
Debbie, I can only imagine how hard it is to watch your daughter leave time and again, knowing she's in harms way. I'll be praying for her safe return and hope she doesn't have to go back again. EVER! My heart goes out to all of you. You and Renee are very strong women. Jadin is a strong little boy. And I had to laugh about his lecturing you. You guys have got your work cut out for you with him. lol.

((hugs))
Reply Debbie Gould
11:00 PM on January 19, 2011 
Thanks, Lisa. That means a lot, and we sure do, lol.
Lisa Alexander=Griffin says...
Debbie, I can only imagine how hard it is to watch your daughter leave time and again, knowing she's in harms way. I'll be praying for her safe return and hope she doesn't have to go back again. EVER! My heart goes out to all of you. You and Renee are very strong women. Jadin is a strong little boy. And I had to laugh about his lecturing you. You guys have got your work cut out for you with him. lol.

((hugs))
Reply Val Pearson
12:57 AM on January 20, 2011 
LOL Debbie, are kids funny? I'm so sorry that she's going back and I'll pray for her safety each day. I think that grandson of yours is a Godsend to all. To your daughter to help her carry through with some wickedly funny stories and to you to have a connection to her and non stop laughs. Can't wait to read your new work!
Reply Sarah Masters
4:19 AM on January 20, 2011 
Awww, he's so cute. Bless his heart.

A tough time to come, love, but you're strong. You'll get through it like you always do.

:o)
Reply Serenity King
4:20 AM on January 20, 2011 
Hi Debbie,

Your grandson sounds like he is going to keep you on your toes, lol. So sorry your daughter has to go back. I will be keeping all of you in my prayers. Congrats on finishing the WIP. Looking forward to reading it.

Best,

Serenity
Reply Tess MacKall
6:40 AM on January 20, 2011 
I so look forward to your Jadin stories. He's definitely a mini-man already. Reminds me so much of my C when he was that age. And C is still the same way. Knows so much, can debate with you like crazy, but uber sweet, sensitive, caring, and polite. So Jadin is definitely on the right track. You and Renee are doing something right, sweetie.

I can't imagine how you feel having to say goodbye to Renee and where she is going. It would tear me up inside. But I've seen you do it and handle it with such grace and sense of commitment. So I applaud you, sweetie. You're a strong woman.

Much love to you. Keep the Jadin stories coming.
Reply Carol
7:54 AM on January 20, 2011 
Big hugs for you, Debbie. I can't imagine having a child in the service, how it would affect me. But you're strong, and so is Renne. And Jadin certainl is, too!

And congratulations on finishing your book, to you and Laura!
Reply Debbie Gould
8:49 AM on January 20, 2011 
Thanks, Val. He'll keep me on my toes for sure.
Val Pearson says...
LOL Debbie, are kids funny? I'm so sorry that she's going back and I'll pray for her safety each day. I think that grandson of yours is a Godsend to all. To your daughter to help her carry through with some wickedly funny stories and to you to have a connection to her and non stop laughs. Can't wait to read your new work!
Reply Debbie Gould
8:54 AM on January 20, 2011 
Thanks, Sarah. He is a sweety!
Sarah Masters says...
Awww, he's so cute. Bless his heart.

A tough time to come, love, but you're strong. You'll get through it like you always do.

:o)
Reply Debbie Gould
8:55 AM on January 20, 2011 
Thank you, Serenity.
Serenity King says...
Hi Debbie,

Your grandson sounds like he is going to keep you on your toes, lol. So sorry your daughter has to go back. I will be keeping all of you in my prayers. Congrats on finishing the WIP. Looking forward to reading it.

Best,

Serenity
Reply Debbie Gould
9:00 AM on January 20, 2011 
You guys have made it so much easier. You've all been my sounding board which helps more than you know. Can't wait to meet at the conference and give you all a BIG hug, share some drinks, laughs and tears. It's long overdue!
Tess MacKall says...
I so look forward to your Jadin stories. He's definitely a mini-man already. Reminds me so much of my C when he was that age. And C is still the same way. Knows so much, can debate with you like crazy, but uber sweet, sensitive, caring, and polite. So Jadin is definitely on the right track. You and Renee are doing something right, sweetie.

I can't imagine how you feel having to say goodbye to Renee and where she is going. It would tear me up inside. But I've seen you do it and handle it with such grace and sense of commitment. So I applaud you, sweetie. You're a strong woman.

Much love to you. Keep the Jadin stories coming.
Reply Debbie Gould
9:01 AM on January 20, 2011 
Thanks, Carol. Hugs back at ya!
Carol says...
Big hugs for you, Debbie. I can't imagine having a child in the service, how it would affect me. But you're strong, and so is Renne. And Jadin certainl is, too!

And congratulations on finishing your book, to you and Laura!