I Supper Love You

“I supper love you too,” Sofia whispered and smiled as she ran towards the school doors to start her day. This moment with my daughter made me think of one my soldiers and an amazing letter I received from his family.

Supper and separation

Sofia had meant to write, “super” a few years ago in her note to me, but I’m glad she didn’t. This error has turned into a special saying for us. Of course, in high-profile, high-stake situations like the 500-ft radius around her elementary school, she says it quietly so the other kids won’t hear. This occurs right after she drops my hand a block early so no one sees because she is, “too big to hold hands” and only does so to indulge me.

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The note I came home to one day

At this “supper” moment however, my heart ached because I was pre-missing her. My daughter is with me most of the time but she had an upcoming trip with her dad (my Ex). Let me be clear—I am in no way comparing this separation to the separation of deployment. But when I feel the tugs on my heart, I can’t help but think of our military families and all that they sacrifice. My next thought is one of gratitude for all the time I do have with her and safety I enjoy with her.

While I was in this frame of mind, I received a letter from a military family. The dad is a soldier and has been missing home very much. For some reason, it has been even harder this deployment to be away from the children and this has led him to make a big decision. When his current enlistment is up, he’s going to leave the Army so he can spend more time with his kids. His wife shared this news and added something wonderful:

In support of his decision and because of the amazing gift he has given me by allowing me to stay home with our kids all these years, I have started my own home-based business. I am working my butt off so I can take over as the primary income and my husband can enjoy time at home with our crazy kids like I have.

I laughed in happiness for them and also thinking of the occasional transitional challenge of going from warrior-leading-men-in-combat to stay-at-home dad, “ordering” small children around. I know he will do great. But I will be very disappointed if there are not some funny stories along the way.

When I read how his wife wanted to give him the same gift he gave her, I wanted to cheer them on and cry at the same time. He’s endured and achieved a great deal in his Army career. I’m proud of him and happy that he’s recognized when he has done enough and that he’s brave enough to take on a completely different kind of platoon. I can’t wait for his days to be filled with “supper” love moments and more.

© Gina left the mall, 2014

7 thoughts on “I Supper Love You

  1. Sofia is such a gem! I know you love every moment and opportunity to create another unforgettable memory with her. I also love how you personalize the relationship with “your” soldiers. It is the difference in just feigning interest and care and investing yourself in the labor of love. It is an amazing quality I am sure others see in you. Keep up the great work with Sofia and with your troops.

    • Joe, thank you so much for this lovely comment! Sofia is indeed a gem! And I am happy that the sincerity of my efforts comes across. “Labor of love” is an accurate description. 🙂 I also hope that through these stories, others feel a connection to those that serve. They are truly “our” military families and we are in this together.

    • Lol..those kids are in for some interesting meals if he does. While deployed, he’s often made some very creative gumbos out of whatever was available. I am sure supper will be one of many super times they have together!

  2. Exciting news! I was lucky to be working at home while my daughter was growing up, so I had a chance to be there through all the stages and changes of her young life. I know your soldier is going to have lots of supper moments with his kids and wife and never regret his decision.

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