This Little Boy Doesn’t Need Words to Express How Much He Missed His Deployed Dad

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This little guy can hardly believe it. “My daddy’s coming home.” We like to think the little ones are free from the kind of interior stresses we adults endure while waiting for our loved ones to come home from deployments, but it is clear here that they, too, understand in all of their innocence the emptiness of not having daddy home. They may not truly understand the real dangers their daddy faced, but they miss his daily presence, his strength, his force of love toward them.

This welcome home video shows the unimaginable relief that accompanies the return of a loved one back into the family circle after the long months of worry while he’s been gone. This little guy has no words to express his intense feelings, but his free flowing tears tell them more fluently and more clearly than words can anyway.

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We thank our servicemen and women for what they have done and are doing for us every day in dangerous and far away places. We thank and honor their families too. They, too, serve and endure. God bless them all.

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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site blog.