This fine labor day weekend we celebrated Karen's baby shower. She is around 23 weeks - due the end of December! You may remember Karen from previous blogs, but to refresh your memory, Karen is one of my very best friends - someone I have known since the age of about 4. Karen and Clay will be having a little girl and are thinking about naming her Cassiday. It is still hard to be at events like this because in theory I should be there holding a 5 and 1/2 month old and saying things like, "Hudson loves that toy" or "product" - but in reality I'm not because he's not here physically.
At the end of a shower I had to listen to one mother make comments like, "well I guess he doesn't have kids so it's not as hard" basically we were talking about another friend's brother being deployed and with it being around Christmas time how it wouldn't be as hard because he did not have his own wife and kids. I guess I never knew that it was only hard to leave a family when you have kids. Must be my ignorance. I told her that you don't have to have kids for it to be hard. If anything it makes it harder on his family (i.e. his MOTHER) that her little boy is going off to war.