It’s hard on you when you realize you’re not going to see your wife and boys for a very long time. It seems odd that I’m going to be separated from them the day after Father’s Day, and not see them again until Christmas, then until mid February. So this is somewhat of a bitter Father’s Day for me.
As I’m sure the majority of you know, I am shipping out for Basic Training, then AIT without a break until Christmas. Shortly after the new year I’ll be heading back to finish up my training, so I’ll be gone a total of eight months. That’s a long time to go without hearing your children playing, or fighting or whatever they do, and it’s especially going to be a long time away from my Cat.
This, then will be my last post for quite some time and I would like to talk about some of the things I’m going to miss about being a father.
First thing I’m going to miss is the sound of my kids calling me in the morning. Sam sticks his head down at the base of his bedroom door and calls, while Nephi, stuck in his playpen, calls out from there. Before I began responding to them, their calls were quite obnoxious, and rather loud. But now they are more like a light singing to inform me of their presence. I’d get them up, feed them, change them, then control them until Cat woke up. She needs a bit more sleep than I do because she has to deal with the kids for the majority of the day while I’m bringing bacon.
I’m going to miss seeing them smile and laugh, and try to talk to each other. I’m also going to miss Sammy’s sound effects. He’s getting rather good at them now.
Believe it or not, I’m going to miss changing their diapers. I know it sounds corny, but it’s about the only time they’ll actually hold still. Sammy has begun giving me hugs once he is finished, and Nephi, always the copycat follows suit. That’s OK though, they’re still just as genuine. Hopefully Cat will forget I wrote this by the time I get back, because even though I’m going to miss it, I would like to avoid exclusive rights to it.
I’m especially going to miss my Cat and everything she does for me. We’ve been married almost five years now and haven’t been apart for more than three full days at a time and even that’s only happened on two occasions. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for her support and guidance. I’ll miss her cooking, and how she can cheer me up after a rough day. I’m especially going to miss her silly sense of humor, heaven knows her kind of witty humor won’t be where I’m going. She’s my Sun, Moon, and Stars all wrapped up into one.
I’ll miss the hit and run hugs and wet kisses I get from each of them. And most of all, I’m going to miss watching them grow.
I hope all you fathers out there have a wonderful Father’s Day and all you mother’s too.
I’ll see you in eight months or so.
-The Daddy Nut