Why am I making caramel apple pie (above photo), pumpkin pie, turkey and all the trimmings on a Saturday in September? Because my son Teddy left this weekend to spend the next nine months in Bahrain doing research on a Fulbright scholarship.
The Philadelphians (Drew and Genevieve) came down to see Ted off and have a very early holiday. And a busy couple of days it has been. Friday went something like this:
Pick Teddy up from BWI airport in Baltimore
Me - start cooking
Ted - start repacking for Bahrain
Isabelle - field hockey
Tony - pick up pizza after work
The Philadelphians (Drew and Genevieve) arrive in town after classes
All of us - go to Alec's football game
All of us - deal with the Philadelphian's flat tire after game
Saturday went something like this:
Me - continue cooking
The Philadelphians - help with pie details
All of us - stuff ourselves ala Thanksgiving style
Alec and Isabelle - deal with kitchen clean up (thank you!)
Me, Tony, Teddy, the Philadelphians - drive to Dulles International airport
Me and Teddy - fight our way through crowd, get into correct que, and say goodbye
Teddy - "I'll be OK, don't worry"
Me - Lots of hugging and crying
I wanted to make a special pumpkin pie for Ted at dinner time. While the pie was in the oven, I cut letters out of left of pie pastry and baked them for about 13 minutes at 350 on parchment paper. When they were out of the oven and cooled, I ever so lightly brushed them with copper disco dust. When the pie had finished baking and set up a bit, I placed the letters on the pie.
The only thing missing from this celebration was the green beret. He is training to leave for Afghanistan in a couple of months. If anyone had told me a year ago that two of my sons would be in the middle east this year, I would have said they were crazy.
Being a mom is not for the weak of heart.
And speaking of the green beret, my NEW FABULOUS CAMERA is a birthday gift from him. Yesterday was my first time using it. Hopefully, the crappy pictures are a thing of the past!
So, for my early Thanksgiving I am grateful for my loving and wonderful family - Tony, Drew, the green beret, Teddy, Alec, Isabelle, and Genevieve. We are far from perfect - there is fighting, sulking, and irritatbility from time to time. But I wouldn't change a hair on any of their heads and love them all so much it hurts.
WE MISSED YOU GREEN BERET! Happy early Thanksgiving everyone. And for Teddy