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It has been a crazy week! I am sorry for being so late…
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Here is my contribution for this week on the theme of “ADVENTURE.”
An adventure of a Life Time
It was time to go. Marie placed her suitcase on the curb next to the car. She was nervous, even though it was filled with the required items on the list. Anything else she needed she would just have to get later. The suitcase was a graduation gift from her foster parents. That bit of irony made her smile. In other words, it was time to go.
“Are you ready?” asked Carolyn, Marie’s foster mother for the last year and a half of high school. She hefted the suitcase into the trunk of the car with a grunt.
“I think so,” answered Marie quietly. She looked around at the familiar surroundings that had become her home for the last couple of years. She felt a sadness that made her heart ache while at the same time she felt her heart beat in anticipation of what lay ahead. The decision to leave was the only logical one, she knew. After one last look around the neighborhood, Marie settled into the seat next to Carolyn. Her throat was tight and tears filled her eyes.
Both women were silent, lost in their own thoughts. Marie watched the fleeting images of the city she grew up in fly past the car window. Carolyn reached over and turned on the car radio.
“Nothing like a little music to brighten the situation,” said Carolyn smiling at Marie.
The soft strains of the song “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” wafted through the car. Carolyn laughed. “How appropriate is that?” she asked.
Marie laughed too. What were the chances that song would play today at this moment on her way to the airport, she wondered? It was the kind of moment she knew she would remember the rest of her life. It was a sign, an omen that she was on the right path.
“Now, remember to call me and let me know you arrived safely,” murmured Carolyn.
Marie nodded. “If they let me,” she said with hesitation in her voice.
The freeway exit to the airport loomed ahead. Carolyn took the exit with ease guiding the car into the appropriate lane for departing passengers. She stopped the car in the unloading zone and turned to Marie.
“You will be just fine. This is a brand new adventure, one you will remember the rest of your life,” she said, tears clinging to her eyelashes. Carolyn knew she loved this girl whose parents had given her up to the state. Thank goodness she was able to be there for her, she thought. Foster care was never easy and Marie had been a typical teenager but now it was time for her to make her own way in the world.
Marie nodded and glanced at Carolyn. Their eyes met. She could not speak. How do you say thank you to the woman who took you into her home and family and loved you for who you were? Marie hugged Carolyn as tears rolled down her face.
“I know,” Carolyn said patting Marie’s back encouragingly. “I love you, too.”
“Thank you,” whispered Marie. She slipped out of the car and retrieved her suitcase from the trunk.
Carolyn wiped her eyes. “Write me and we will write you back,” she shouted out of the car window to Marie’s retreating back.
Marie turned around with a smile on her face. “I will,” she said. “I love you, too!”
Carolyn watched Marie straighten her back as she walked toward the other young men and women gathered on the sidewalk in front of the American Airlines ticket booth. Staff Sargeant Banning was there in his dress blues, just as he had promised.
“Welcome ladies, and gentlemen,” he said smiling. The bus to the induction center will leave in about 20 minutes. We will complete your paperwork and physical there and then it is back to the airport for your plane bound for Lackland Air Force Base. Welcome to the United States Air Force!
On July 12, 1976, Colleen Marie (Steinle) Chesebro left for basic training. It WAS the adventure of a lifetime!
It was great seeing you all. Come back again!