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Forty-two Years Ago She Cried

This afternoon forty-two years ago, I was on a plane on my way to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. I had celebrated my 18th birthday, just 13 days earlier.

I was the first of my mother's five children to leave home, as the eldest. Either the night before, or a few days before, Mom had a going away party for me in her shop, after it closed.

Mom was not one who showed much emotion (to me, at least), but she called me into the back room, away from all the guests in the front. She looked at me, gave me a glass of champagne, toasted me, and said four words.

"My baby is leaving."

And then she cried. I rarely remember seeing her cry.

Then, I cried.

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lexiconlover wrote on August 23, 2015, 5:23 PM

Love the picture!

CoralLevang wrote on August 23, 2015, 6:03 PM

Yes, I was 18 once. emoticon :winking:

MegL wrote on August 23, 2015, 6:04 PM

What picture? I don't see one. It must have been slow coming up. See it now. Yes, lovely photo.

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wolfgirl569 wrote on August 23, 2015, 6:13 PM

Love the picture. I too remember my mom seldom crying. But you could see hurt in her eyes if she was upset for some reason. In some ways that was worse than if she had cried

LoudMan wrote on August 23, 2015, 8:14 PM

You're lucky you had real parents.

CoralLevang wrote on August 23, 2015, 8:22 PM

Yes, I am lucky for the reality of my parents. I will not comment here about the facts of the troubled part of the relationships.

LoudMan wrote on August 23, 2015, 8:39 PM

I try not to gripe about mine, either.

CoralLevang wrote on August 23, 2015, 8:39 PM

Thanks, MegL

CoralLevang wrote on August 23, 2015, 8:41 PM

I write a bit about my relationship (or lack thereof) with each of them, but for now, I am remembering this good one.
emoticon :winking:

CoralLevang wrote on August 23, 2015, 8:43 PM

Both my parents were not people I saw cry much. I saw a lot of pain in my mother. I saw a lot of rage in my father. Some might say that was pain.

CoralLevang wrote on August 23, 2015, 8:45 PM

Fifteen? *laughs* Well, I had turned 18 two months before this was taken.

Hopefully, I look three years younger now. LOL

I, too, am a crier. Always have been. I used to be made fun of, when I was sniveling when watching movies. Drop of a hat, and otherwise. emoticon :winking:

LoudMan wrote on August 23, 2015, 9:05 PM

This seems a good one to remember.

wolfgirl569 wrote on August 23, 2015, 9:08 PM

Thankfully both mine were loving just not real expressive about it.

bestwriter wrote on August 23, 2015, 11:18 PM

This took me to the song by Jim reeves 'Memories are made of this' You must listen and I know you will cry

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xi-C_pa4nbA

Paulie wrote on August 23, 2015, 11:57 PM

Wow! That is really a great picture! I remember when I left for Navy basic training. Dad shook my hand and wished me good luck,

BarbRad wrote on August 24, 2015, 5:29 AM

That's a wonderful photo of the younger you. I love it. My husband had a similar experience when his parents sent him to boarding school for high school. When he saw his dad cry, he realized his father loved him.

scheng1 wrote on August 24, 2015, 8:32 AM

Your mum probably spent a few sleepless nights imagining the worst, and cried herself to sleep.

Rufuszen wrote on August 24, 2015, 8:32 AM

11 monhs after you, I left to join the RAF. I took the train!

CoralLevang wrote on August 24, 2015, 3:30 PM

I am familiar with Reeves and that song. Never was one of my favorites, but it's nice to have memories. Thank you.

CoralLevang wrote on August 24, 2015, 3:31 PM

Paulie The next morning when my Mom dropped me off at MEPS, I remember that I was the only one crying.

CoralLevang wrote on August 24, 2015, 3:31 PM

Thanks, BarbRad . We sure don't stay that way long!

CoralLevang wrote on August 24, 2015, 3:32 PM

I don't know. She had four other children to worry about, and had become a single parent just a year and a half earlier in 1971.

CoralLevang wrote on August 24, 2015, 3:33 PM

I thought you were in your 30s (seriously). LOL Were you up in Sleaford?

Rufuszen wrote on August 24, 2015, 5:03 PM

I am a lot older than that! I went to Swinderby, which is closed now.

CoralLevang wrote on August 24, 2015, 5:10 PM

Well, since you came in a year after me, I am guessing you are somewhere around 58 or 59. LOL

cheri wrote on August 24, 2015, 10:12 PM

This brought tears to my eyes.

CoralLevang wrote on August 24, 2015, 10:32 PM

I am glad to know that it touched you somehow. Thank you, Cheri .