Peach State says: Trying To Focus The Bigger Picture
Plans were made and the road was laid out. Plans were made and hearts were adjusting.
WAIT… IS THAT BRICK WALL HEADED THIS WAY?
Stop…Breath…Let’s try to understand what just happened.
Trying To Focus The Bigger Picture!
Have I lost you yet? The frustration you might be feeling is nothing compared to how my family felt yesterday. The stage was set and we were feeling the warmth radiating from the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel.
Yesterday was the final weigh in and measurement of my 20 year old before going to MEPS for the final stamp. Upon reporting to the recruiter he was told to report back in October.
“OCTOBER!?” The decision had been made, according to his type of surgery falling into a category, that he would be eligible 6 months from his surgery.
Anger, anxiousness, and fear filled the car as my son shared the events with me. Tears and mind-blowing-tornadic-spinning thoughts filled my buzzing head! “Call your daddy! He needs to know!”
The news spewed from my son’s mouth and a concerned tone came from the other end of the phone. The concerned tone then turned to a calming-everything-will-be-fine-just-listen-to-your-mother tone. The conversation ended and he turned to me…choking back the years I said “There is a reason this is happening now and we will not see the bigger picture until we are on the other side.”
(What’s this…he agreed!)
Then a statement came back from something one of the recruiters had said shortly after surgery.
“So six months from now you will be headed to BASIC…and your whole life will be changed!”
My son had scoffed at that statement repeating what he had been told by the MEPS doctor prior to having the surgery…”Get the surgery…get cleared…come back…weigh in and re-measured…take your oath.” Thinking back he made it sound like it would be a month or two…but now focusing my son understands the “get cleared” phrase could have meant 6 months.
I’ve got to earn some money! I need a job between now and the end of September. I will need to work out and it will give me a chance to get back to where I was before the surgery. A smile came over his face…”I can lead that Basketball Camp now!” He was finally relaxing and the Bigger Picture was making sense to him.
Don’t get me wrong…we are still upset but are dealing with it and understanding that a bigger hand may have been in the mix. There is always a reason for the way things happen and as we work through the miry-muck faith turns the light on to guide the way.
My son was contacted by one of the recruiters with pieces of information key to his enlistment. Going in October means every job will be open…and more flexibility in his military path. There will also be a lack of young-high-school-aged recruits at this time of the year and more people my son’s age. The recruiter continued to give him the up-side and his tension lessened even more.
A new frustration sat upon his shoulders now…”I need a temporary job!” Time for me to step in again and give him ideas about possible jobs. I mentioned the names of four people, two of which his know very well from basketball at church, that could possible hire him for that short period of time. I am praying that something will fall into his lap…quickly!
“Crud…Mom’s Taxi Service needs to put more gas in the tank…again!”
I hope today is calmer!
Keep your eyes open…you never know when those strong-well-built-brick-walls will pop up!
To all you Father’s out there…Happy Father’s Day!
Have a great day!
Posted on June 15, 2013, in Children, family, Home, Just Between Cousins, musings, parenting and tagged brick walls, child's dream, cleared for enlistment, focus, Happy Father's Day, making decisions, recruiter, The bigger picture. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.