This most recent example was frustrating because we (his parents) were SO PUMPED...
Us: "Well first off, we get to be HERE! They usually don't let ANYONE on to this part of the base unless they work here and have a special pass. And not very many people do!"
Max: "So? It doesn't look very secure to me!"
Us: "Well it IS! And lot's of people would LOVE to see what you're about to see."
Max: "Why is it so cool?"
Us: "Because this plane is REALLY COOL and costs MILLIONS OF DOLLARS and most people have to stay far away from them! AND, Mr. Wes is FINALLY coming HOME!!!"
Max: "How long has he been gone again...?"
Max: "Oh. -pause- I need to go to the bathroom."
Us: "ARGH! We give up! Just trust us! Someday you'll think this is REALLY COOL!!!"
This is where it gets really good...
He missed climbing Fuji, helping his wife through illness and injuries, the changing of copious poopy diapers and helping get three kids ready for church every single week.
and maybe even his friends a little.
"Doug, this is as cool as your job will ever get!"*
And we REALLY missed him!
Wes, we're so glad you're home!!!
Plus it was super rad watching you fly in and land your F-16.
At least Sammy thought it was cool...
We'll work on Max.
*Our friend Tyler said this to Doug while his picture was being taken with Wes. Amen to that!