Abba. Papa. Baba. These words resonate with love, compassion, and support. And the echo is even louder when you are not around. It’s good being a military kid if you ask me. New places, new friends, new experiences. But, things would have been better with you. I know it must not have been easy for you as well, joining the army with a wife and child back at home. But, I know you love me; caring for me and comforting me in silence. Praying for my well-being, and kissing my picture every night before you go to sleep.
When I was little and saw soldiers in movies, I would be starry-eyed and thought of you in their place! You are my true Rambo! For what you did and are doing for the nation. I know I do not have the luxury of being with you all the time because you have a Mother who you have to take care of and who needs you more than I do. It fills me with pride whenever I tell someone that my Dad’s in the army.
I remember the time from a few years ago when I was very ill. You were informed and even though I couldn’t talk, I asked Maa to keep the call on speaker so that I could at least hear your voice. Warm and caring, but firm – these words can perfectly describe you.
I’ve saved all the birthday cards that you’ve sent me, and I re-read them when I miss you. It makes me feel better, makes me feel as if you are with me. I just miss you Dad, on good days and bad.
If I was ever granted a wish, I would want to relive every happy, sad, lonely and exciting moment of my life with you. Moments you have missed, moments that have etched a special place in my heart. But you know what Dad? When I see you fulfill your duty towards our nation, without faltering, I cannot contain my happiness and it makes up for all these moments.
I know you have my back and I can confide in you when I feel vulnerable. On my graduation day, when I was on the stage, your claps were the loudest and your eyes were filled with heavy tears of joy.
I cannot complain nor ask for anything more. I know you are doing your duty and it comes above your family, and I respect that. I’m more than happy that I have a father like you, I love you!
An Army Kid.
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