When your Daddy is a soldier…things are a little different in your house.
When your Daddy is a soldier. He is not always around when you need him to be. He could miss important events like your birth, your first steps, first words, first day of preschool, first day of kindergarten or anything that Fathers usually come to.
When your Daddy is a soldier, he sometimes has to go away for a very long time. He has to go overseas and help defend our country. He has to do his job and sometimes that means going a long time without seeing him.
When your Daddy is a soldier you might not always understand why he has to go. You might be too young to understand why Daddy isn’t coming home from work everynight or why it is just Mommy for a while. You might have to ask over and over about when you will see your Daddy again.
When your Daddy is a soldier, your Mommy works hard to make things fun for you when he is gone. She might take you to get ice cream or the pool or to go see a movie. She has to do it all and she gets sad sometimes too.
When your Daddy is a soldier you have to give up something other kids don’t. You become a little hero because giving up your Daddy for a little bit is a very hard thing to do. It is okay to feel sad about that.
As we prepare for our 4th deployment, I can only think about my children and how it will be for them. They don’t truly understand and I need to be there for them. I will be there to hug them, cry with them and tell them it will be ok. I get to play Mommy and Daddy and step into his shoes when I can. It is hard thinking about it all. Thinking about what they little boys will have to go through.
But days will turn into weeks, weeks into months and it will finally be time for homecoming. My boys will see their Daddy, run into his arms and our family will be whole again.