In Two Months…I’ll See You

April 8, 2008 at 11:03 pm 5 comments

This post fell twenty minutes prior to my “friends at the park” day.  That was a much easier post to deal with.  But, I promised by brother and SIL that I’d post this for them.

My youngest brother heads out for his last stint with the Navy doing maneuvers.  His little one is coached to say:  “See you in two months, Daddy!”  “See you in two months!”

They’ve dealt with “the job” many times before.  No tears are shed.  No emotion is shown.  The goodbye’s are said as if they will see one another after a day’s work.  Hugs are given and cherished, and they hang on a little tighter.  Sometimes, a hug is repeated as if there was no first.  But, there is no ordeal.  It is quiet.  There are children watching…simple “I love you”s are given. 

And…life moves on.  No time or emotional energy for the repeats of the same scene, I’m sure. 

But, when you have little ones this cute, you can’t ignore the pain of separation.  It is there.  And we are grateful.  They are “just doing their job”.  But, we are thankful. 

Thank you, little bro.  I’m sure you don’t want to hear it, but thank you.


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Stacey  |  April 9, 2008 at 8:17 am

    I know this was hard for you to post. What sweet, sweet pics, though.

    Praying for a safe two months for your little brother!

  • 2. ~E  |  April 9, 2008 at 8:47 am

    What a bittersweet day for you. As you know, my SIL, who lives in another state, was deployed to Kuwait in January. We did not have to deal with the good-byes because we are already so many miles away, but I have often wondered how it went for her immediate family. We haven’t discussed it. She is an independent woman, her husband has many years military experience, one child (like you nephew) is too young to understand. I hurt for her 10-year-old daughter, though. Girls just need their moms. Anyway, I have a yellow bow on my mailbox in her honor and will keep it there until she returns to the states in August.

  • 3. Re-Re  |  April 9, 2008 at 9:21 am

    Thanks so much for sharing the pics. We missed the visit this weekend and these allowed us to see a small part of the family. We love you and Aaron always loves the pics. Pics of Goldilocks are his favorites!

  • 4. Cindy  |  April 9, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Ooohhh, what a heart tugging post. I was at your mom’s Monday and she told me he was going to have only two more months. Praying that the time goes by quickly and he returns to this little one safely.

  • 5. graceisenough  |  April 9, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Praying for your bro. for safe return home. Cute kids.

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