Deployed Dad: The Little Things

Deployed Dad

There have been studies which show that the sixth sense is real and for some couples, it’s so strong that they can feel each other’s emotions no matter how far apart they are … I wonder if that sixth sense can be used to transmit other feelings across time-and-space to your partner? Things like upset stomachs and muscle pains …

In my last blog I mentioned how I felt bad about leaving my son because he wasn’t feeling well. The night before I left neither he nor myself or my wife got any sleep because he was vomiting. Well, even though I can’t be with him to take care of him right now, my little man was kind enough to send me away with a nice care package known as a stomach bug.

The other day, I was sitting in our office working on some online training requirements when my wife called me and told me she was showing the same symptoms my son was experiencing that night. I felt really bad for her, especially since I couldn’t be there to take care of her or my son. Fortunately, my sister was staying at our house and could manage those duties.

However, it couldn’t have been more than half an hour after I got off the phone with my wife that I, too, began to feel nauseous – and shortly after that, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting my dinner again for the second time that evening. Damn it sixth sense! Now I know what Bruce Willis felt like at the end of that movie … dead.

Thankfully, the bug didn’t last for much more than a day or two in any of us and our lives were able to go back to as normal as they could be. Unfortunately for my sister, however, she wasn’t immune to the wrath of the stomach bug and fell to its power a couple days later.

In the past, I’ve always found that when I’m sick, I appreciate the relationship I have with my wife more because when you cut out the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life and look at life through a simpler lens, you better understand that it’s the little things, like the love you share for your family, are what makes everything you have that much more special.

Being away from home during this time was tough. I take pride in taking care of my family when they need me and it really sucked that I couldn’t be there for them. It’s like I’m stuck in a room, handcuffed to a chair, and can only watch my family from afar. However, it’s through this distant observation that I’m reminded that my wife is a strong woman, my son is a resilient little man, and my sister is a champ for stepping up and helping in my absence.

It sucks not being home, but I know my family can take care of themselves and has a strong support system if they need it. Knowing that makes being away from home for so long much easier and takes a lot of stress off my shoulders.

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