As adults, it’s easier for us to understand why a member of our family is missing, for whatever reason. In the case of military families, adults and older children understand that their spouse, parent, or family member is gone temporarily. They know that their family member must be away from home to do their job, to help make our country a better and safer place, and to provide for their own family.
It’s a huge sacrifice, but one that all military members and their families take on willingly and with an astounding amount of grace and bravery.
Military families face long separations and missed holidays, birthdays, and special events. They also miss out on the day to day routines and family togetherness that many of us take for granted. Though they may be able to text, email, Skype, or communicate digitally through the many available channels, that is not the same as holding a loved one in your arms.
The digital connection just doesn’t quite do it justice. Nothing can take the place of a hug. Human contact is important for growth. And for the youngest members of their families, they may feel this absence the strongest. Unlike adults and older children, they struggle to truly understand why their parent or loved one is gone every day and why they can’t feel their arms around them, providing comfort and security.
A little girl attending a homecoming ceremony in Fort Carson, Colorado couldn’t wait for another second to feel her father’s arms around her. Daniel Oglesby had been deployed with the rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division in Southeast Asia for nearly 9 months.
When his little girl spotted him in the lineup, she suddenly threw her arms up in the air and dashed across the floor for a hug, and he briefly broke formation to return the embrace. The moment is absolutely adorable and sums up many of the struggles that military families face.
Watch the little girl’s reaction in the video below. It’s so sweet, so innocent, so pure. Children have such a gift that can bring peace and love to anyone around them. Their child-like abandon and immediacy warms the heart. Please like and share this sweet story with your loved ones!