"Sunset Parade"

So after driving two days we finally arrived in Vernon. There is something about watching 800 cadets marching out onto Dieppe Parade Square that just does something to a cadet parent. These kids have come from across western Canada and some parts of eastern Canada. They have worked hard, learned alot, had fun and made alot of new friends. All to come to this night. Emotions are running high for some. I know Jenna has made some friends with a group of about 10 or so kids that she has called several times since she has returned home. Have you ever seen a whole platoon of about 3o kids, guys and girls bawl their eyes out when it came time to say their goodbyes? It was happening with Jenna's platoon. I never had so many kids want to meet "Jenna's parents" than that night. There is something about hearing the bagpipes playing "Amazing Grace" that stirs this girls scottish roots. Many are going home immediately after the parade, while some are flying out the next day. Saying goodbye is never easy when you don't know if you are ever going to see them again. So, we packed her up Friday night, went back to the hotel and waited until morning to pick up the "other half " before setting out on our long trip back home. The phone and computer has not stopped since then and we even received "snail mail"...I know it's amazing kids still know how to use the old method of communication! Anyway, I'm glad they are home and life can resume back to a somewhat normal pace.

2 Responses
  1. Chris Says:

    An amazing bunch of kids that will surely contribute to the next generation!

  2. Laura Says:

    Thanks Chris, you always know exactly what to say to make us and them feel like a million bucks!!! Don't forget, you have always been an integral part of their lives.