Leaving Is Hard

Hubchallenge number 29
Hubchallenge number 29

 

January is often a time for a new beginning.  A new year happens in January and every so often a new decade, century, and more rarely a new millennium.  For me I got a new year and I got to go to Iraq for the third time.  After New Years Day was over I awaited word from the 1SG and commander on when the plane would leave Fort Hood, Texas.  The third of January was the date, 1300 was the time.

            My company and the rest of the battalion had left Fort Hood on the 15th of December, I along with two of my fellow sergeants were left behind to attend a class on a new type of vehicle.  The class started on the 9th and ended on the 20th.  We were prepared to miss yet another Christmas, so on the 22nd of December we reported back to our rear detachment first sergeant and the rear detachment commander to receive our flight times.  Luckily, and to our amazement those flights were cancelled and rescheduled for January 3rd.

Goodbye Daddy
Goodbye Daddy

 

            The excitement among the three of us was obvious; we get to spend Christmas with our families.  The Christmas holiday season is a joyous time to share with families but what makes it more joyous is in the world of an American Soldier; especially one that would otherwise miss that special time with his or her family.  Needless to say that Christmas was special for my family.  The joy in my daughter’s eyes was unmistakable. 

            Christmas ended like normal and then New Years Eve came up.  We were all excited but in the back of all our minds was my impending departure for a whole year.  Time catches all of us though and before we knew it we were all standing outside the company area waiting for me to leave.  Now I’ll tell you if you don’t know this but leaving your loved ones is hard.  Leaving your loved ones for an entire year is probably the hardest thing anyone will ever have to do.  I (the soldier) had a hard time dealing with the leaving part but I know that my wife and daughters had a harder time of it than I did.  There they are, saying good-bye to daddy and husband, not knowing if that may be the last time they ever see him alive, very hard indeed.  

            After a long wait at the airport terminal, we boarded the airplane.  It was a 767, and it was huge.  I took my seat with my carry-on in my lap and weapon on the floor facing the isle.  Thankfully I got to sit in an isle seat.  Twenty minutes later we were airborne.  I have deployed to Iraq twice already, making this my third deployment.  It never has been easy to say good-bye to your family in the first place, but frequency sure doesn’t make it any easier.   Each time I leave, to include mid tour leaves’, I struggle with the powerful emotions.  The hardest part for me is looking into my daughters eyes and seeing them well up with tears.

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Comments 20 comments

ralwus 7 years ago

There is probably nothing colder than much time spent alone away from home and all loved ones so far away. It has to be hard saying goodbye knowing where you are going when you don't want to go there too. I thank you again for your service to us all. Be safe son. CC


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wesleycox 7 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Thank you CC. It is but it never lasts forever.


ralwus 7 years ago

No, but it is there in your sleep, it is there in your dreams and does pop up when least expected. I too have been away from my loved ones for a time, nothing like you, but I had to wonder would I live to see them again after seeing men killed in the oil fields by various means. That made for many sleepless nights.


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myownworld 7 years ago from uk

brought tears to my eyes....you've given this one your characteristic touch too...making it simple... readable and yet moving. I wish you and your family many happy moments together...x


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wesleycox 7 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Thank you Ralwus.

Myownworld: I am glad that you enjoyed the story, but sorry you cried about it. Thank you for the sentiments about my writing style, and I think the family will have happy moments again.


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shamelabboush 7 years ago

This is really hard to be away from your beloved ones!


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Living in a military community, with all of Bangor, PSNS, Keyport, McChord AF and Ft. Lewis, I know of such "goodbyes" by proxy. Not first hand. It is hard enough to watch the families say goodbye. You voiced the sentiments I hear over and over, so very well. Thank you for your commitment to the country, and sharing the very private struggle of your family. God bless you all! Come home soon!


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wesleycox 7 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Shamelabboush: That it is.

Candie: Thank you so much for visiting and sharing your experiences with us.


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breakfastpop 7 years ago

I understand how hard this is for you and your family. Just know, if it is any consolation, that America is grateful for your service. Thank you.


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wesleycox 7 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Thank you breakfastpop for visiting and commenting.


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Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

I wa moved by this. Good luck to you. Be safe.


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wesleycox 7 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Thank you paradise.


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Jess Killmenow 7 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

Thank you for your service to our country, and for sharing with us what it means for families.


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wesleycox 7 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

You're welcome Jess, thanks for reading.


poetlorraine 7 years ago

your writing is coming along brilliantly, i so enjoyed reading this, why don't you make a diary of your life in the forces, and publish it when you leave.... however long it takes,,,,, how old is your daughter??? HUGS


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wesleycox 7 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Thanks for reading poetlorraine. I have plans to write an autobiography, but won't be publishing it.


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RDIndia 7 years ago

Your hub is very beautiful and touching but the reality, I know, is very painful. Thanks to all soldiers and their family who suffer for the whole country.


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wesleycox 7 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Thank you RD for stopping by and enjoying my story.


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christalluna1124 6 years ago from Dallas Texas

Thank you for all you do to keep the rest of us safe. I am so sorry the world has to be this way and that war is necessary.

warmest regards,

chris


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wesleycox 6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012 Author

Chris: Thank you for reading and commenting.

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