Thursday, May 15, 2014

Like Blades of Grass


from a distance he blends

meant to camouflage

eyes search the formations

blue and white crisp uniforms

          which one are you?

counting cadets

like counting blades of grass

one, two, three,

from the right.

like counting out marching steps.

no

     Wrong company

     Wrong letter

     Wrong feeling

one, two, three, four,

another count calls

wind blows,

flags flap,

That’s it!

sun catches the glimpse of metal

a row of sabers lift to the sky

         (familiar heat beat felt)

It’s him!

a dozen cadets assume command

a select few to lead several hundred

they are uniform

they lead uniquely

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Recently we went to watch the Change of Command Ceremony of my son at his college.  He was chosen to take command of his company.  It was a beautiful Pass & Review parade.  At first, it was difficult to find him in the crowd, but, a mom knows her son!

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  1. They do all look alike. Congratulations to your son. Bet you are one proud mother!

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    1. I thought I understood the meaning of knowing you want better for you kids, but actually seeing it in person, wow, now I KNOW I want better for my kids. It's so awesome to see it in action. Says the proud mama fluffing up her feathers!!!!

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  2. That is so cool!!!! So he is in a military college or ROTC?

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    1. It was such a great time. Gorgeous college. He's in ROTC. He'll be a senior next year.

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  3. This is awesome. You must be a very proud mommy Elsie. Congrats to your son. How awesome for a young person's confidence!

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    1. It is outstanding. I'm such a proud mom. It took all of my restraint not to shout out during the ceremony when they announced his name and hometown. Seriously. I held back a squeal of delight.

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  4. It's been a while since we've had something like this from you. Since I've read one anyway. Not reading every day means I miss out on some good stuff. Well anyway, I enjoyed it, like you more than likely enjoyed that changing of command. Congratulations to your son on being chosen to take command.

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    1. I don't post everyday anymore. Those days are long gone. Doing the A-Z Challenge had me pumped to write more (or in my case edit more) but not get on Blogger every day. It's just such a time eater. With summer here and my son coming home from college, I'll be on blogger less. Thanks, Mark!

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  5. <<<----It is outstanding. I'm such a proud mom. It took all of my restraint not to shout out during the ceremony when they announced his name and hometown. Seriously. I held back a squeal of delight.

    And I am sure he appreciated that:) He is so busy being Grown Up and Official that the last thing he wanted was Mom whooping it up in the stands. But, I know that was a fantastic moment for you. How great to watch your child grow into the man you wanted him to be.... so happy for you (and him).

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    1. It was really hard. I mean, I'm that outspoken person who has to try really hard to stay quiet. But, I've learned it's important not to run around and embarrass the poor kids. Especially now that they aren't kids anymore. haha

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  6. Congrats to him indeed, big achievement and sure many more to come. Good thing you were able to hold back the squeal though lol

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    1. For a little while, I was actually staring at the wrong kid. I have pictures of him too. I imagine he was probably wondering why this old lady was staring at him. I found out later, it happens all the time. Parents waving wildly at the wrong kids. haha

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  7. Congratulations to your son and all of you! I'm sure it brings bride to the family

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    1. No brides yet, but I have a feeling there will be a wedding next year. hahahahaha

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  8. Congrats to your son! Military pomp and circumstance is always impressive.

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    1. It's something I've always enjoyed watching.

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  9. oh congrats to your son, that is awesome to be chose...and it is so cool as well to watch them move in precision...

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    1. Thanks, Brian. It was very cool to watch and perfect weather too!

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  10. Congratulations to you and your son. I'm betting his father was looking down from heaven and feeling the same pride in his son.

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    1. For sure, Anne. And he told us today he may be trained for pilot school. Not to fly, but in order to fly along side the pilots. That was his daddy's dream job.

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  11. A deservedly proud mommy! Congratulations to you both.

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    1. Thanks, Frank. I'm so glad he's home for the summer. Next summer he'll be on his first assignment.

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  12. I am glad you found him ~ Congrats to you & family ~ Have a lovely week Elsie ~

    Grace

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    1. It took a long time scanning the crowds but when he walked, that's when I knew for sure it was him.

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  13. Beautiful! I can image your joy when you see him dear:))

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    1. It was so amazing. I'm glad we made the road trip to see him. =)

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  14. Hi human, Elsie,

    What a beautiful, heartfelt resonance within this story, my human friend. A mother's pride for her beloved son is a magical thing. I can imagine how your heart swelled when you caught that glimpse. A mother knows, indeed.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny :)

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    1. Thank you so very much, Penny. I love your new (and very long) name. No mistaking who you are now haha

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  15. How wonderful. Thanks for sharing your experiences through poem.

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  16. You must be so proud, Elsie....congrats to your son!

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    1. I'm really excited for him and his future. So many opportunities lie ahead.

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  17. Hi Elise .. how wonderful - what a brilliant son .. and he must so chuffed too .. .let alone his parents and other siblings .. so pleased the day was successful .. cheers Hilary

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    1. His sister was even more excited than we were. She was bragging to her friends like she was taking over command. It was pretty funny.

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  18. Of course a Mom knows her son! You must be so proud, Elsie.

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    1. You'd think, but it took a long while for me too really know which one was really him haha

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  19. Congrats, Elsie! That's an awesome honor! Great poem about trying to find your son...yes, a mom knows ;-)
    Tina @ Life is Good
    On the Open Road! @ Join us for the 4th Annual Post-Challenge Road Trip!

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    1. Thanks, Tina! Between his walk and then his jawline, there was no mistaking him! =)

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  20. Congratulations to your son. That must have been amazing to watch. Great poem!

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    1. It was a great treat to see. I'm hoping he'll be stationed close enough to us that we will see many more to come.

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  21. Great poem and homage to your son. You are a proud mom and should be and he should be a proud son of his mom:)

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    1. Yeah, we're pretty proud of each other for many different reasons =)

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  22. hehe, yep, Mom's always know their sons :)

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  23. What an honor for your son, and for you to see. Your poem captures the feel of an event like this, and then your excitement as a wise woman who sees all the nuances (that's the definition of "Mom", right?).
    Congratulations.

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  24. Very cool. You must have been so proud! I would have been.

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  25. Congrats to your son!

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  26. Congrats to your son! You must be one proud momma!

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  27. Very nice poem, and congratulations to your son!
    Deb@ http://debeioneille.blogspot.com

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  28. Thank you for all the kudos and congrats everyone! It's very much appreciated.

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