I was told that the drive to Utah to take my son to the MTC would be the most emotional drive ever. I did not cry once. I was excited for my son.
After taking care of banking, buying a backpack last minute, and lunch at the Brick Oven (where, we didn't know until we got there, that missionaries entering the MTC that day eat free), we stopped by the Provo LDS Temple for pictures. It seemed that everyone else taking a son or daughter into the MTC decided to do the same thing.
The kids were tired and not looking forward to the hours long drive home. Firstborn was just excited.
The day was bright and mild. Still no tears from mom.
As we left to get back into the car to head to the MTC across the street.....
Firstborn couldn't resist teasing Thirdborn one last time. I think he was theatening to throw his little brother into a snow bank.
At the MTC, there is no lollygagging. The luggage is removed quickly and goodbyes are even quicker. The tears (mine) started to come.
It was a lot like the first day of kindergarten. All smiles, no tears, quick lean instead of a real hug (all the while talking to the missionary over my shoulder) and then off into the doors of the MTC without even a glance back. He was ready.
On the way to the freeway, as I dried my tears, The Love Magnet started to cry. Mr. Wonderful and I tried to console her, telling her that Firstborn was safe and she could email him and that he would email her back. She replied "I'm not sad about him! I MISS MY PUPPY!" We couldn't help but burst out laughing. It was too funny! Later that night, The Love Magnet was in her bed and I heard her crying. I went into her room and wrapped my arms around her. "Honey, look it is okay. Doggie Girl can sleep in your room tonight. Look how happy she is to see you." My duaghter looked up at me with tears on her cheeks. "I'm not crying about her. I miss my brother!"
Yeah. We all miss him, sweetheart.