Monday, July 02, 2007

Tom is home

My nephew, Tom, arrived home from his tour in Afghanistan this morning. A bunch of us went to the airport to welcome him safely home. Here we are with our flags and signs, etc.

Tom's brother Jason is getting married this weekend. We're so glad he was able to be home in time to be his little brother's best man!

We were waiting for Tom for about 45 minutes, and many people came by and looked at our signs, asked where Tom had been, how long he had been gone, etc. It was really touching. All 8 in the picture below are Tom's cousins, from 4 families, and these are only about 1/3 of the cousins on our side. Too bad they couldn't have all been there!

I was able to catch this shot while he and his daughter were walking to the luggage carousel. I'll have to be sure to send this picture to Tom.

As happy as we all are to have him home, what really brought a tear to my eye were the older men who would stop and shake Tom's hand, saying what war they were in, thanking him for his service. Or the moms who have recently sent their boys off to war, coming by to say how glad they were that our family member was coming safely home. I'm getting a little weepy right now again, typing this. It was really nice.

Back to the regularly scheduled knitting content in my next post.... I promise!


Julie said...

Very glad he's home safely!

lynette said...

i'm also very happy he's home. what a touching post. thanks for sharing.

Monica said...

I got weepy looking at the pictures. Welcome home!

Jane said...

It's wonderful to know he's home and safe. You brought tears to my eyes, too.

Anonymous said...

You are really great!
Thank you very much

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Terri said...

Welcome home! What a great post and the last picture is just priceless!

Carrie said...

That is so nice! I always want to approach soldiers and thank them for their service, but I am so shy, and I'm afraid they'll think I'm an idiot. Do you think it bothers soldiers home on leave to be approached? It's hard for me, but I am moved to tears whenever I think about how hard our forces work to keep our freedom.

Okay, hope you don't think I'm a dork, and I'm so glad he made it home for the wedding!