July 18, 2013

An innocent goodbye...

The day that Hubby left for his first combat deployment was a bittersweet day.  The little boys and I went with Hubby to the flightline to see him off.  Boy #1 was ecstatic to be at "dada's work."  His excitement just couldn't be contained.  The innocence of it was heartbreaking.  He just didn't know what this all meant--what was about to happen. 

We walked out to Hubby's aircraft as a family, desperately wanting to hold on to every last second.  After a long hug and whispers of forever love and one more kiss, I took Boy #1's hand, put Boy #2 back on my hip, and walked away from Hubby and his aircraft.  As we walked away from him and into our deployment life--our life without him at home--the tears I had been holding in all morning couldn't be held back anymore.   They streamed uncontrollably down my face, even as Boy #1 began happily skipping around me in circles and Boy #2 gleefully cooed on my hip.  

Our temporary family of three made our way to the place where we were told we could watch Hubby take off.  Boy #1 saw my tear-streaked face, and with his sweet toddler sensitivity, he gently grabbed my hand and stared at me for a few seconds with a furrowed brow and concern in his eyes.  I smiled at him, told him I was ok, and wiped the tears from my face.  He let go of my hand and continued his skips and squeals of excitement. 

My son's sweet innocence put a smile on my face that day.  He knew nothing of deployments, combat, fighting, or danger; only that he loved his daddy.  

During the most unsettling of days--with news of close calls, accidents, deaths, and terror--I wish I had that childlike innocence.  I wish I could happily skip around in circles and be blissfully naive, just like Boy #1 was on the day Hubby deployed.  

Of course, I can't go back to a state of naivety.  All I can do is look forward to the day when I can go back to that same spot on the flightline to watch Hubby land and walk right back into our happy family circle.  


  1. I wish I could tell you they get easier, but I feel as my daughter has gotten older, the separations and deployments have gotten harder on her. But, I've always looked at the positives of a deployment (they do exist!). I reconnect with friends whom I rarely connect with, I
    Cross off things on bucket lists.........lastly, the feeling of a homecoming is like no other!!!!!! I LOVE homecomings!!! And to think...no other person in this world knows what that feeling is like unless they're a military family!

    1. Thank you for the sweet comment! Deployments are hard, but homecomings are amazing! :)

  2. Watching them leave it so incredibly hard.

    1. I can understand why some wives don't drop off their husbands for deployment...

  3. What powerful photos you got. Hang in there! The homecoming will be worth it! I wish you the best!

  4. I always envy the innocence of the kiddos, and how care free they are.

    Stay strong momma!!


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