This is from the current issue of Newsweek, in which the cover story is a profile of Cindy McCain, wife of presumptive Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain. The story is by Holly Bailey.
"When [her Marine son] Jimmy was in Iraq during the primary season, Cindy, like every mother whose son is at war, lived to hear his voice. She kept her BlackBerry in her hands at all times so she wouldn't miss his call. When she went on stage, she would hand the phone to a campaign aide who would stand with it in her line of sight. "She slept with that BlackBerry in her hand," says [her friend Sharon] Harper. Earlier this year Cindy approached the senator backstage at a campaign event. She was on the brink of tears. "He called," she told McCain. "I missed it." It was a rare moment of emotion for a woman who had vowed that, this time around, she would keep her tears in check whenever callous reporters were near."
I can sympathize. When Mark was on his last tour in Iraq, our day literally didn't begin until he called. It was devastating to miss one.
Regardless of politics, a Mom with a son at war is still a Mom with a son at war.