Last week I got the pleasure of picking Pete up from work. I was getting some finishing touches done on my van from my wreck with a porch pole. Being car less all day is not my strong suit so Pete allowed me to use his car so I would not go insane.
Which means I got to drop him off at work and then pick him up. I always enjoy this process for many reasons.
Reason #1...Pete has a pretty cool job. He flies H-60's for the Coast Guard. He is like a real Rescue Hero and sometimes I forget that it is not just me who he rescues. Going to his work reminds me of the job he goes to everyday.
Reason #2..I REALLY like his flight suit. As much as I would like for him to wear it around the house..he doesn't so I only get to see him in it when he's at work. When we first got married and he was a boat guy I enjoyed that uniform as well, but when he got into flight school I was thrilled that I would be kissing a pilot goodbye every morning. Not because of the job change...but the outfit was really hot! That suit just does it for me!!
Reason #3 Our kids love to see Daddy's helicopter. They get to climb around inside and wear his helmet (which weighs like 50 pounds).... I would imagine a kid would think that was pretty cool. Not that I like climbing around those things. I get airsick by just walking in the hanger.
Reason #4 I am reminded that this is just a moment in time for us. Pete will not always be a helicopter pilot. He will not always be in the Coast Guard. One day he will be the old guy at the airport who sees a young military officer and want to shoot the breeze about the days when he flew. I am mindful that we get to do this cool job for a short season and then we will never be back here again!
Reason #5 I get to be grateful for what these guys do and the enormity of the aircraft they pilot, and just how amazing that is....those things weigh a ton ...and they don't look like they should fly...makes me nervous really.
Reason #6 I get to see Pete be part of a tight brotherhood of amazing men. Those pilots are all so alike and there is such a bond with those guys. I love seeing him be a man amongst men.
Reason #7 I get to go home with him!!