My dad is retiring from the military today. What an amazing accomplishment. I am not writing this from his perspective but from mine in seeing him put his life on the line for every American. This is for every hard deployment. For every major event that my dad missed. This is for every time we supported my mom as she navigated her life hoping that he would return as whole as he left. Today is all of our day.
Military families suffer in a lot ways. You see the stories of men and women who leave their families and miss the births of their first child. They leave and miss out on graduations. It is something that all military families feel. We all know that when that calls comes in, no matter what you feel it’s time to step up. It’s not just my dad who felt empty. I remember being younger and feeling like I couldn’t make stable friends because by the time I had, we moved. It happens.
20 years of saying yes! 20 years of watching my dad make me so proud has been amazing. It had lows but today it seems as if he’s finally getting the recognition that he deserves. Although no one does it for the pat on their back, if you are going to make a career out of the military, retirement is the goal. My dad has reached his goal! He has held on and made a military life that my family has suffered and benefitted from. So for all of the women and men of the Armed Forces that are still waiting for this day, hold on and know that people like myself get it and understand it.
To my dad,
Thank you for every deployment but still making sure we were okay
For every broken FaceTime that the Wifi stole
For every time we missed calls because you were in some remote country
For every birthday that was missed with your grandkids and even a few near births
For every tear that was shed here on US soil while you were doing what you were called to do
Know that as you are saluted with honors, know that no bigger honor can be seen than a daughter who looks at her father and knows what an outstanding man you are on the inside out
Thank you and you deserve today and more
Live it up! Enjoy your time of not having to clock in or having to go to training
Thank you for securing the bag and showing me what hard work will do
Thank you for making ways out of no ways for our entire family through out the years
Thank you for being you
Now let’s crack that bottle in your honor
I love you
No more see you laters by phone due to deployments
Thank you dad!
Cheers to 20 years!!
Love your Daughter Toi of ToiTime