A few years back, my husband, Dave, was on a deployment rotation where he was deployed for 4 months and then home for 4 months. This cycle continued for 2 years. During this time, he missed a lot of special days, including some holidays. I wrote this poem to reflect the Christmas holiday for families with a deployed family member. I have never shared it, but this year I decided to share it in support of all of our military that are serving and are away from their families this Christmas.
Christmas in the Military
Another year has gone by and we cannot wait,
Christmas time is coming; time to celebrate.
Mommy told me Christmas will be different this year,
As I looked at her face, I saw one lonely tear.
She says Daddy cannot come home, he will not be here,
All I can do is look at her with sadness and fear.
My Daddy is a hero, for everyone to see,
He’s fighting the war for our proud military.
I am sad at first, but I think for a while,
And finally I am able to show a bright smile.
If Daddy can’t be here, it is perfectly clear:
We take Christmas to Daddy and fill him with cheer.
Mommy smiles a big smile to show she understands,
She says let’s get busy and start making our plans.
First things first, we start writing our list,
Double checking it twice, to make sure nothing is missed.
Off to the store to buy our supplies,
So many great things brings wonder to my eyes.
Back at the house, let the projects begin,
Can we finish in time? That would be a blessed win!
We mark the calendar, December 10th is the date,
If we cannot finish, Daddy’s gifts will be late.
First, we make a collage with pictures of us,
Will he love seeing my first day of school on the bus?
Next, we pack a shoe box with all of his needs,
Soap, deodorant, shaving supplies, and books that he reads.
Moving on to a special gift for Daddy from me,
Drawing is ‘our thing,’ I give him a lot to see.
Our next gift is all of Daddy’s favorite treats and more,
Cookies, candy canes, brownies, and movies galore.
The last gift is the most special you see,
A video is made by mommy and me.
We tell him how much we miss him, can’t wait until he is back,
And hopefully all of his gifts will fit in that great big, green pack.
Finally, I wrap all the gifts and place a bow on each one,
To the post office we go, our job is almost done.
At the counter, we prepare to ship our box,
I’m very nervous, shaking in my socks.
The postman, replies, “I will do all that I can,”
I answer, “Thank you sir, my Daddy’s a very special man!”
“Twas the Night Before Christmas,” Daddy would always recite,
But this year we read it and it took all of our might.
Christmas morning we wake up and go downstairs,
Santa has been here, but still nothing compares.
What happens next, is the best gift of the day,
The computer screen comes on and I hear my Daddy say,
“Merry Christmas, son, thank you for the gift,”
“You and mommy are my world,” and I feel my little heart lift.
We talk on the computer for a long while,
And all we can do is smile and smile.
Daddy says he has to go, but tells us each day he loves us more and more,
Only two more months and he will be through with this tour.
As the computer goes off, Mommy and I look at each other,
You can feel the love between a son and his mother.
We open our gifts and Mommy says she is so proud of me,
Giving Daddy a special Christmas has been an amazing journey.
Later that night, she kisses me and tucks me into bed,
As I drift off to sleep with happy thoughts in my head.
Remember, children everywhere, and listen with care,
Because I have something very important to share.
If your Mommy or Daddy cannot be home on a special day,
Take the special day to them and do it your own way.
Even when they are gone, they love you through and through,
You are their pride, you are their hero, too!
Merry Christmas, happy holidays to all,
Our military is where they need to be; they answered the call!
Posted by Sonserae Martinez, Marine Spouse