When you think about it, it’s different than your typical long distance relationship. There are no possibilities of visiting, little, if any freedom to talk on the phone and then add in the daily fear for the soldier’s safety. That’s intense. I didn’t get to talk with Kyle much about it, but Kayla said she missed Kyle every single day. Some days were far worse than others, but it never felt easy. She said there were weeks that she cried every night. When I talk to my father, who served in Vietnam, I get a glimpse of what it feels like to be deployed. Even 40 years later when he tells of his time there and talks of missing his family he still gets teary-eyed.
Kayla and Kyle, I am inspired by your love and the strength you’ve shown over the past eight months. It was a beautiful thing to get to see the two of you get to hug and kiss each other for the first time. May this time apart from one another help you to remember to always cherish your moments together.