Last night at dinner, talk turned to the deployment. The topic which apparently has been on every kid's mind came up. Honey summed it up in one sentence, "Are you going to die?"
We tried to reassure the children as best as we could but my heart was just aching. They seem so young to be wrestling with these worries. It took all I had to not burst into tears. For us, this is a reality. We lost our very best friend and "uncle" in Iraq. I asked Ben, later, how he felt. He said it was very, very difficult. We steered the conversation away. For Honey to voice a worry means it's been bubbling under the surface for a while.
Last week, Pumpkin piped up with, "I won't be sad you're gone, Daddy. Because I'm going to have a necklace with your picture in it."
Ben is now on a search for a locket for his baby girl.