Thursday, August 26, 2010

Another Son

I talk a lot about friends and family here and how important they are to Cindy and I, one person I have not mentioned before is a young man we met several years back, this young man has become like a son to us over the years and there have been a lot of pranks, laughs, and tears between us in this time.

The first time we saw Casey he was standing across the street from our house fighting with a weed eater trying his best to get it started, it seems that he was dating the young girl living in the house and was trying to impress her by doing her lawn, only problem here was he couldn’t get this weed eater going to save his life, Cindy yelled to him and asked if he needed some help, he thanked her and said that he was having problems with the weed eater, like that was news to us, Cindy said that she would send her son over to help him out and called for Tim, now Tim was only about thirteen at this time and within five minutes here was little Tim explaining the proper way to start a weed eater to a young man who was serving our country in the Air Force, next thing we know the familiar sound of a weed eater rang out and it wasn’t long that Casey was sitting on the porch with us almost every night.
Casey was stationed at the Air Force base near the town we lived in and has always been serious about his job, this is about the only thing he was ever serious about as having a good time with him just came natural, Casey always brought along a six pack cooler with him and sitting on the porch he and Cindy formed a Mother and Son bond really quickly, if ever she made him mad about anything he would grab up that cooler and announce that he was leaving and stomp away toward home, Cindy would yell after him, “See you tomorrow night for supper Son” he would yell back “OK Mom” and tomorrow evening Casey and his cooler was back on our porch. Cindy really got mad at him once and for the life of me I can’t remember what it was about, Casey wasn’t really coming around too much because she and he were just not really communicating, then in the mail one day Cindy got an envelope from the US Air Force, inside this envelope was a Mothers Pin awarded to the Moms of Airmen serving our country thanking her for her support of her son Casey while he was serving our country. She cried for days and said she was going to kill him because “How dare he do something so sweet for her when she was so mad at him”, I think that was the last time they had any major problems.

Pranks came in all forms, water fights were a big thing around our house, it was not unusual for a five gallon bucket of water to be dumped on your head from atop the house and the water hose fights always included the neighbors and their hoses too, one night Casey and Cindy were giving each other a hard time and next thing I know Cindy and a girl from the neighborhood had Casey lying face first in the grass, I am not really sure how it happened and I am not asking too many questions for fear it will happen to me but Casey was left to lay in the middle of the yard with his foot bent up behind his back and his underwear hooked over the toe of his shoe, he was flopping around like a fish and I was laughing too hard to help him. Then there was the time that after a few drinks he agreed for Cindy and his girlfriend to hot wax his eyebrows, I knew this was not a good idea and after the first slow yank when he yelled “Holy Mother Of God” I knew he would forever regret this decision, he had such a strange look on his face for a long time as his eyebrows went in entirely two different directions, and to top it off they had waxed the word HI onto his leg hair forcing him to wear sweats for PT until his hair grew back in rather than explain.

Our Neighborhood parties were always a blast with him around and a couple Fourth of July parties will always be in our memories as a very good time because of his strict attention to safety and detail that prevented any harm and added pranks being diverted to other Airmen rather than himself, Stinky is the name we will always remember one young man as because he was too eager to jump into a trash can and stomp down the fireworks we had been soaking in water after shooting them off, not that we actually needed him to do it but after making the joke that we could fit more in the can if they were stomped down and Casey out ranking him merely suggested it and the name Stinky was formed.

We all about died when Casey got orders to be shipped to another base, we had a going away party for him that brought on a lot of tears and after several years of corresponding with him via phone and email both at his home base and overseas we have stayed as close as you can be in this situation, when we went back to New Mexico it was a blessing that he was actually in town so we had about a week of sitting on the porch with him once again, it was really nice to catch back up with this young man who is like a son to us.
He is soon to be going back to defend our Country face to face once again, he has been over there several times and we should all be thankful to the young men and women who have chosen this career field and risk their lives everyday for our freedom. Casey is just one of the many who are really serious about defending our country and from me to you Casey, I am proud of you Son.

10 comments:

  1. This post had me near tears. It is so hard to see our young go off to fight, but yet soo proud of them too.

    It's so wonderful to have extra kids to open our hearts too.

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  2. I hope to hear more Casey stories when he returns again.

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  3. I'm with Joe on this one. I hope that we have plenty more Casey stories to read when he comes home.
    Very sad to see our young men and women off in a far away land, but great to see them all home, safe and well.
    Big hugs to all!

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  4. Today is my birthday, and I can not thinkof anything finer for me to read...
    How blessed your entire circle of love is..:-)

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  5. I'm with Joe and Heather on this one. I had tears in my eyes from both laughing and crying and I hope to hear even more stories of your "other" son.

    I can only imagine how Cindy felt when he sent her that pin. What an honor!

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  6. "inside this envelope was a Mothers Pin awarded to the Moms of Airmen serving our country thanking her for her support of her son Casey while he was serving our country. She cried for days..."

    I would have too! OMG, what a beautiful and loving gesture.

    "we should all be thankful to the young men and women who have chosen this career field and risk their lives everyday for our freedom."

    AMEN!

    Thank you for sharing this, my friend!

    Enjoyed!

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  7. What a wonderful thing Casey is doing for everyone. In a way as a woman we are all mothers to the men and women who fight to defend our freedoms and rights as Americans. It seems you and Cindy have such big hearts to take into your fold others who are not 'biologically" yours but every bit as special.

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  8. Hey Heather, It is hard to know what they are going into and even harder when it's someone this close to you but as you said you have to be proud because without them just where would we be?

    Good Morning Joe, I have a few more and will just have to share a few with ya!!

    Alice, I am sure there will be more to follow because with him there is always a good time to talk about and we will be hearing from him again before long :)

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  9. Happy Birthday Lynne, and Thank you for your kind words my dear friend.

    Hey Peg, I was impressed when he did this for Cindy, this is an honor that was not taken lightly.

    Ron, "what a beautiful and loving gesture" you said that right my Friend, this was an honor that will be in her heart from now on. Glad you enjoyed it Buddy!!

    Thank You Susie, Some people just fall right into your family like they belong so in my mind they were supposed to be there all along and Casey is one of those people who belong.

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  10. Jimmy--Loved this post. What a blessing this relationship has been for all of you!

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