5/21/2011

Childhood is Fleeting and BB CW #21

Latest BB CW block, Railroad Crossing:


You can imagine how I shrieked when I opened a package from my college friend, Mary, to find this exquisite pastel portrait of Timmy, done from a school photo of him with a little military jacket on that I just loved.
Isn't it remarkable? I would say, "thank you, Mary!!" only I think that Mary still does not ever sit down at a computer. I remember when Timmy came home on Photo Day and said, "You were right, Mom, they told me to take off the jacket, and I told them that my Mom said to keep the jacket on" lol. I knew they would think I would want to see the shirt. I just loved that little leather jacket.

Meanwhile, back in Afghanistan...
For the first time since, well, it was probably when I drove Timmy home from boot camp, we talked for an hour and a half, this time via phone. Excerpt:

Mom: "Timmy, come home."

Tim: "It isn't so bad, Mom. Only one thing has happened. The government throws million-dollar equipment at us all the time. I was on guard duty overnight and I was playing with this incredible infrared detector [thing...whatever he called it]. This cat dropped down right in front of me. Mom, he looked like a saber-toothed tiger through the infrared detector. I wildly flung up my arm, got my hand caught in some barbed wire, and had to use my first aid kit on myself. That's all there's been."

Mom: "Timmy, come home."

9 comments:

Karen said...

I know you want your son home safe and sound.

The use of the star print in the block works well with how you fussy cut and centered the star.

Gretchen said...

Love your block as always:) portrait of Timmy is adorable. Sounds like he is holding his own overseas saber-tooth tigers & all.

Lori said...

What a sweet portrait. I imagine it hurts 'cause it is so sweet....
Sorry little Timmy hurt his hand! LOL

Sue said...

That portrait is just wonderful. Your friend does beautiful work.
I see I'm getting farther behind on the BB blocks, darn!

mereth said...

I'm with you. Timmy, come home....

Mary said...

Beautiful block and beautiful portrait. I really like the way you placed the stars.

Jennifer @ Stitchin' Thyme said...

Your block is lovely.

I know you must be so worried about your son. He sounds like he is doing what he loves and is happy. Hard for moms to be happy when we are worried about them all the time. With that said I would want my baby to come home also, so much for words of wisdom.

MARCIE said...

What an amazing pastel of Timmy! And what a good friend! I am surprised that Timmy is scared of cats! Lol!

Heckety said...

What a truly wonderful gift to give you, especially whilst Timmy is away. And I know its a cliché but they sure do grow up fast.
From your snippet of conversation, your Tim hasn't changed one.little.bit! Now has he????!!!
Its really great you got to have a proper conversation with him too, that must have been lovely for yous.