Letter to a Deploying Soldier

12 Jun

My friend Jon has a brother, and that brother is soon to be deployed for a long time.  Jon’s brother & army buddies like to read his blog, so he asked all of us to submit something for the guys to read.  I thought over it a long time, and today I figured out what I wanted to say.  The inspiration came as I was staring at the hood of our Ford 350 Van trying to decide if I was brave enough to change the air filter– which needs doing– and my husband is gone away for 2 1/2 weeks for his National Guard AT.

Dear Soldier Guys,

We love you and we’re proud of you.   We appreciate the sacrifice you make to serve our country and make people free across the world.  While you are gone, we have to learn to do the things that usually you did for us.  Stuff we know you loved to do for us, and we loved to have you do it.

Some of those things aren’t really so hard– once we manage to remember that they have to be done even though you aren’t here to do them.

Things like:

Filling the car with gas.

Mowing the lawn.

Checking the weather report so the kids know what to wear to school and we know whether to mow the lawn today or can it be put off until tomorrow?

Cleaning out the rain gutters.

Some of the things require more technical skill, and we consider asking a brother/father/friend to do it, before our pride kicks in, and we do it all on our own after all.

Things like:

Using power tools to install a baby gate at the top of the stairs.  (Don’t worry, we recorded the baby crawling so you won’t miss seeing her first taste of independence.)

Changing the air filter in the car.  (That check engine light seemed like the a small blinking herald of doom, but it turned out OK.)

Filing taxes.

Opening pickle jars.

Emptying mouse traps and/or killing spiders.

The one thing we never quite get good at is falling asleep at night without you there beside us.  We never quite get the knack of that, no matter how long your deployment lasts.

So promise you’ll come home to us,

Remember we pray for you every day,

And know that we are alright, just a little sleep-deprived.

And we love you.

And we can’t wait for you to come home and take over squishing the spiders and maintaining the car.


The Girls Back Home

8 Responses to “Letter to a Deploying Soldier”

  1. Brother Jon June 12, 2013 at 5:00 PM #

    Reblogged this on Brother Jon and commented:
    Here’s another one for Russ and Friends. Have a look.

  2. SocietyRed June 12, 2013 at 5:37 PM #

    This is just beautiful, well done!

    • GlowWorm June 12, 2013 at 5:39 PM #

      Thanks, it suddenly felt right, so I knew I’d captured how I felt.

  3. optimisticgladness June 12, 2013 at 5:52 PM #

    I love this. May I add, “Thank you so much for making such a huge sacrifice. Leaving your family and friends to work nearly around the clock so that we here can enjoy the freedom. Without you guys (and girls)- America would not enjoy the peace and freedom that we have. Thank you for all you do.” To the wives, mothers, fathers and kids at home, “Thank you also for your sacrifice. I have no idea what you have to go through while your loved one is away. I pray that your entire household will be blessed and that all your needs will be met. May you have contentment and rich joy.”
    This post was really wonderful!

    • GlowWorm June 12, 2013 at 5:56 PM #

      Dear optimistic gladness,
      I love your name!
      And thank you
      ❤ GlowWorm

      • optimisticgladness June 12, 2013 at 5:56 PM #

        My pleasure!

  4. iagosghost June 13, 2013 at 9:49 AM #

    Reblogged this on "Shadows in the Rain" and commented:
    Very touching!


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