Monday, July 25, 2016

Graduation Parade

J.P had been gone for two weeks in Trenton for cadet summer training.

And I was so miserable.

I never felt this way before- feeling sad, worried and depressed.

And when my eldest son wanted to volunteer at his aunt's work, he had to stay overnight at her place for a few nights.

I couldn't sleep nor eat.

Mr. O tried to comfort me.

Both my boys weren't home.

It was too soon to be an empty nester!

However, that all changed last Friday.

We were going to Trenton to attend the graduation parade for General Training cadets.

I was so excited to see J.P!

We left early in the morning.

It took us a little over an hour to get there.

We arrived at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton parade square at nine o'clock, and took a seat on the bleachers that were located under a canopy of trees.

At ten o'clock the graduation parade started.

There were speeches, awards and inspection by the Reviewing Officer.

J.P was lucky enough to speak with honorary guests during the inspection.


And we watched proudly as we saw him march past with his unit.

After the parade, we went over to see him. He was saying goodbye to his new friends. Cadets from all over Canada - some from Thunder Bay, Quebec and as far as Nova Scotia.

J.P changed.

He wasn't the boy who left us two weeks ago, he was now a young man.

Finally, he walked over to greet us.

I held him tight and told him how much I missed him.

My son was going home.

My sleepless nights would be over!