I met Benny for the first time as he arrived off the USS Essex and gave him his first hug from his mom-in-law. We then went out for dinner and the three of us then went home and played a game of Scrabble. Benny was very tired as he had been on the midnight shift the night before.  He headed back to work today on the ship early this morning.  I like him.  I am looking forward to spending time with him and Tamara over the next weeks.  He is only here for 2 weeks for sure, as he is not sure his leave is going to be granted.  Tamara and I spent the morning  yesterday at a Lamaze Class, and the two women there who were expecting babies as well, found out their husband’s leave was denied.  So we are not holding our breath on Benny getting his leave.  I put pictures on Facebook of Benny’s arrival.