I was away last year for an army training course in NS. I was gone for seven weeks (supposed to be 12) before they sent me home due to injury.
Being away from my six year old was the hardest thing I have ever had to do.
They brought her to the airport and told her that she was picking up someone from my Step-father’s work. I surprised her over by the indoor play structure. She was sitting beside my mom when I walked up and said, “Hi Baby…”
She looked up at me and I will never forget her face. in that one moment there was so much joy and I saw every second she had missed me in those beautiful brown eyes. She barely whispered. “Mommy…” and came over and collapsed against me.
We held each other, crying for at least ten or fifteen minutes, she just sobbed, saying over and over again how much she loved me. I just stroked her hair and held her. “I love you so much baby, so much…” I said.
My mom took a picture from when I was holding her. I can hardly look at it without tearing up…
That video of kids greeting their Dads brought that moment back, crystal clear.