It seems crazy to remember it was this time of year when my Sailor ran off to play with the Army in Afghanistan. He left just before the trees were changing color, and the weather was turning cooler. I remember thinking he would miss this beautiful time of year. Fall is my favorite time of year, a time when I like to stay closer to home and enjoy snuggling under warm blankets and start the art of making hot cocoa on a regular basis.
I remember when he told me he had a t-shirt for me that said “NARMY” on it. (the N is for Navy) I thought it was hilarious and at a time when laughs were not easily happening it was a much needed happy moment.
I know that tonight as little ones are walking the streets trick or treating or attending fall festivals, there will be many dads (and moms) who will be deployed this cool fall evening and miss the giggles and “BOO’s” and all that candy.
I just wanted to take a moment from the business of today to say how thankful I am there are deployed troops out there, boot on ground protecting our freedoms while we can be back here enjoying the comforts of home.
If you are taking your kids out on your own tonight, a big warm hug to you. Your sacrifices do not go unnoticed.