Early Summer and Waiting for Daddy…

June 1, 2009 | Categrory: kids and deployment, military kids

I am enjoying the things of early summer with my two grandchildren. A garden of persistent weeds, but still sprouting some radishes, assorted flowers, one large cabbage, and a stalk of corn, two pumpkin plants. . OK, so I am not a farmer like my esteemed partner, but the kids are learning about the wonder of putting a seed in the ground and watching it actually sprout. Our neighbor across the street has a new puppy, who provided an hour of pure delight as the kids frolicked with this little one…kids ,puppies and summer go together!

As Paula and I work on new ideas all the time for Military Kids, some of those things are about to be put to the test. Today my husband and I took the two kiddos to the movies…Up, is absolutely wonderful and if you can take your kids I highly recommend it..(I became teary at about three intervals) anyhow, on the way home my granddaughter says, what can we put in our Homecoming Box so that Daddy will know we saw Up ? I, handed each child the ticket stubs and they were thrilled that I had not forgotten. On the way home from church, Devon wanted to remember a story she had heard and wants to tell Daddy, so we thought of something to put in the box to remind her of this. So..it works! Our kids think even before thay are reminded, that the box is a special gift, and that Daddy will soon be home to enjoy the contents.

We have only three weeks left before Daddy comes home. Three more weeks of preparing our hearts to welcome him for a quick 15 days. The hardest part is that since this is not the real Homecoming, but a leave, we have to say goodbye again. I have noticed that the kids are looking forward to the day he gets home, but are also on an emotional roller coaster. Tears are the needed outlet at times and we have to adjust to that.

Landen runs around with his squirt gun getting bad guys, and telling me that when he is a Daddy, he will join the Army with his Daddy. He is four. This is how I know his mind is focused on his Daddy’s returning. I too am looking forward and preparing for the day he comes home. My focus on hanging the banner I got , declaring to the neighborhood that our hero has returned home.

One Response to “Early Summer and Waiting for Daddy…”

  1. Hi, good post. I have been woondering about this issue,so thanks for posting. I’ll definitely be coming back to your site.