I’m a Military Spouse.
She is a child of a Dad who goes underway and will, in time, deploy for an extended period of time.
The roller coaster of emotions that this life brings can be tough. Watching your daughter say goodbye to her Dad with tears streaming down her face is gut wrenching. You’ll find yourself digging deep to find ways to console her and explain to her why it’s more important for him to get on that ship than to be with her.
She will have a hard time making sense of it.
So then…. you may find yourself car dancing to make her laugh at that moment when nothing else will ease her heartache.
It’s possible there is a random Youtube video of said car dance because strangers witnessed it in a McDonald’s parking lot…..
But ,you’re good with that because it helped and she dried her tears, took a deep breath and resolved to get through the separation from her Dad.
30 Days later, he returned and pure joy returned to her face. 24 hours after that, he had to leave again because Sandy required the fleet to sorti and head out to sea.
At the last minute, the storm turned and 18 hours later, he came home again.
Life as a military wife, one with a husband who is constantly coming in and out is a roller coaster.
I knew what I signed up for and I’m ok with it, but it doesn’t make it any less difficult to watch our daughters go through it. This is the first time our oldest has been so tear-filled when he left because she’s very aware of how long he will be gone. She feels his absence more than ever when he’s not here and it’s a completely different dynamic.
Thankfully, he’s home now. We will spend our Holidays as a family and we know that many military families do not have that gift this year.
What are you thankful for this week as we celebrate Thanksgiving?
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