|This is what our family looked like the last time he left.|
That is about to change.
Jumping Bean asked, "Will you make a paper chain, Mommy?"
"Of course!" I replied.
That was comforting because I only make a paper chain for 60 days or less.
I was able to tell her, "Probably every day. He will be in our time zone - and he won't be on the ship."
That was comforting because they know the feeling of going 3 weeks without hearing Daddy's voice.
"Nope. He won't be gone long enough." What a treat to say!
Then the moment. The moment IT hit. The realization that when Daddy is away
- be it for one night or 100 - there are no Daddy hugs;
no Daddy kisses; no Daddy to wrestle with; there is an empty seat at the table.
Before I could do anything - except nod in agreement - String Bean leaned over to her sis, gave her a hug, and said,
"I know sis. I like him home too. But in the Bible it says we should be 'joyful in all things' - and I think that means even when we are sad when Daddy is gone. So lets talk to Jesus when we are sad. It will be okay - it will be hard - but Jesus is with all of us."
She's right. Whether or not we can make a paper chain, talk to Daddy, send him packages, see his face, or be with him - we are not alone.
Those are the things the Navy makes me say.
~Whitney Copyright 2012