I had to say "Good bye" to my husband of 22 years earlier this year, to send him off to do his "job". We are still unsure of the date and time that he will return to us, I just keep his picture in my thoughts, prayers, and on my fridge to remind me everyday of what his smile looks like. You would have thought that after so long in the Air Force that I would get use to the good bye's, but they never get any easier for me or the kids.
Talking about kids, I don't think you could really call our children that any more. Our oldest is 21, married and has a life of her own and is going on adventures of her own. Our two children that are at home are 17 and 12, so not really kids but young adults.. I can remember the time when they were all so little and depended on us for everything and that helped the deployments seem to go a little faster. I dare not blink my eyes for long though, for the fear of an "empty nest" when I reopen them. So cherish your children today, because tomorrow comes much to soon!
My oldest daughter and my son-in-law came to visit for a few days, you see they are moving from New York to Alaska. Quite a trip and an exciting journey for the two of them. I remember my first trip to Alaska, I hope theirs is as memorable. I am sad you see, cause I got to hold my girl in my arms again and had to turn around and say "Good bye" much to quickly. I wish I could hold her in my arms forever, but she has a life of her own now... that is really hard for me, not to see her every day.
So hold your loved ones dear while you can, because there are always "good bye's" to be said...I like the hello's a lot better.