Thursday, February 14, 2013

An impromptu 'Feel the Love'


Last week's prompt from Sally for Focus on Life - 52 Photos, was 'Feel the Love.' I was so very tempted to blog this photo. But it's not mine. It's my daughter in laws photo and it is very special indeed. I really wanted to share it with you and VDay seemed a good time. That's my grandson reaching out to touch his daddy as they Skype. That's my son and grandson bridging the many miles between here and Afghanistan. My grandson is literally 'feeling the love.' He's smiling at Daddy as Daddy smiles back at him.


It's now a bit over 7 months since my precious grandson was born. He was just 4 months old when my son deployed to Afghanistan. So many changes in the 3 months that my son has been gone. The little guy has gone from tummy play to crawling and pulling himself up to inch his way along the sofa. His first tooth. He laughs the most beautiful deep and all over belly laughs. He laughs the way only small children can laugh, just for the pure and perfect joy of laughing.

Of the many things that my son worried about when he deployed, the worst fear was that his son would no longer know who his Daddy was when he came home. It happens to soldiers. It happens a lot. They spend 9-12 months away and the babies grow up without their daddies. But that photo brings me comfort and happiness. In 6 months when Daddy comes home, they will know each other because it is possible to bridge the miles and feel the love.

Ah,  Valentines Day. Chocolates, hearts, flowers. I hope you have a happy one and that you feel the love deeply in your heart.


10 comments:

Courtney said...

Beautiful, absolutely beautiful.

maryharding said...

Thank you for sharing this memorable moment. You have made me very happy knowing that you are feeling the love today. What an incredible touching photo LeAnn.

lunedreams said...

It must be so heartbreaking for your son and your family every time he goes back! Babies change so fast, and there's nothing like being there, but I am sure Skype is a lifesaver for so many! He will know his Daddy's face and his voice, and Daddy will be able to see the new teeth and hear the belly laughs. Hope the time flies until he comes home again!

windrock studio said...

LeAnn, this is the sweetest and most heart warming image, ever. Thank you and your daughter-in-law for sharing. Isn't it a wonderful thing that at least your son can see his boy and that little guy will know him when he returns soon, safe & sound.

steufel said...

Oh LeAnn, that is so sweet!

Cynthia@Ornamental Style said...

LeAnn, this is such a touching post. The joys of modern technology so that they both can remember each other until your son is home safe.

vicki said...

LeAnn- this is the most precious picture- the true power of love across endless miles. Bless your son for the duty he gives to his country and to all of us. Bless you and his family for the sacrifices you are all making. That little boy will not forget his Daddy---

It was so very wonderful to hear from you today--
Vicki

somethingunique said...

Miss LeAnn , I have tears streaming down my cheeks....what a beautiful image of father and son touching each other with so many miles between them and the smiles.....so heartwarming....I love the pic of them laying together...and those belly laughs ...well no words....a belly laughs could turn any frown upside down.....Cole will be home soon....I think of him often and still carry his name next to yours on my owl pendant....hugs xox

Barb Fernald said...

What a beautiful post LeAnn. I think of you often, with your son in Afghanistan. How hard it must be for you and for your daughter in law. I hope the 6 months remaining go by quickly. In the meantime, what a blessing to have Skype!

Colleen said...

This is precious. You all remain in my thoughts & prayers.