Thursday, October 02, 2008

I've got a ride in Denver tomorrow night

My son leaves for Iraq on Monday. If your son was going to Iraq on Monday, what would you do? Yes, that's right, you would book a flight to Denver for tomorrow afternoon, and a flight back on Sunday night, because, apparently, no one is flying to Colorado Springs.

So I've spent the morning at work not working, unless you call making travel arrangements work, which I do. I'll arrive in Denver tomorrow at about 4:30 p.m., pick up my rental car at Alamo, drive 60 miles on this highway:

to Colorado Springs, check into my Bed & Breakfast (which I didn't intentionally book, but will be a delight anyway:

(and don't give me grief about the name), and then I get to spend the whole weekend with my son. Maybe we'll go to the Garden of the Gods:

or to the top of Pike's Peak, or to see a movie, or to a bar, or to lots of yummy restaurants including maybe the Japanese hibachi grill one. Or maybe we'll just go shopping at Best Buy, which is Chase's favorite place to shop.

It doesn't really matter what we do, as long as I get to spend this time with him before he goes. It feels like the best gift ever.

P.S. The title of this post is sort of a line from a song by Garth Brooks called Much Too Young (to Feel this Damn Old).

This ol' highway's getting longer
Seems there ain't no end in sight
To sleep would be best, but I just can't afford to rest
I've got to ride in Denver tomorrow night

I always like to sing songs in my head about the cities I visit.


countrygirl005 said...

That is wonderful that you get to see him before he goes! Tell him I said "Hello" and I guess "Goodbye :(" and that I'll be thinking about him!

MauritaMason said...

Thanks, Rachel. I'll tell him!

Marchelle said...

i wanna go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you both are so lucky to spend that time together, and i know you both will enjoy every second of it!

dont forget to take lots of pictures!

MauritaMason said...

Marchelle, go with me! It's so easy to just hit that "Book" button. When Jerry and I talked about it last night, and I really couldn't decide if I should spend the money or not, this thought hit me: MY DAD would have done it for ME. And then I started crying.

willow said...

You are such a wonderful mother. Enjoy this happy time with your son. My thoughts and prayers are with him....and you.

MauritaMason said...

Willow, thank you. I plan to enjoy every moment.