Monday, October 5, 2009

And Now He's Gone

I awaken out of my sleep around 2:30 this morning.

My cell phone. Where is it? Who the hell could be calling my cell at this hour?

Oh gosh, I hope nothing is wrong.

I stumble out of bed. Rubbing my eyes I make my way down the stairs.

Where is it. Ugh. I missed the call.

On the kitchen counter. I found it.

1 missed call. Dyon.

Oh no. Dyon’s calling. He always forgets that he is 3 hours behind in CA. Either way it’s still pretty late.

I hope everything is ok.

I call him back. “Hey babe!” He yells over the background noise.

“What’s wrong?!” I yell. “Are you ok?”

“I’m fine. I’m leaving. I’m getting on the plane as we speak.”

I sucked my breath in. For a while I had forgotten that he was leaving. I forgot it was real.

“Oh, ok it’s 2:30 in the morning here. I thought something was wrong.”

“No, I just wanted to call to say I love you. Give my niece a kiss for me. Love you.”

“ I love you too. Be safe honey.”

I can’t believe it’s really happening. He’s gone. On a plane somewhere. I don’t know when I’ll hear from him again.

He sounded so happy. A bit excited. He is proud to do what he does.

After he hung up I sent him a text message to call as soon as he can and that I loved him. He texted me back. “I will. Luv u 2.”

It’s a text I will never delete.

God I pray he makes it back home safe. I pray.


  1. You see it in the papers, you hear about it on the news but I don't think I'll ever truly understand what it is like to witness someone you love and care about so much, leave to fight a war.

    My prayers are with him and your family.


  2. It is SO sweet that you and brother have such a close and loving relationship. :)

    Here's a little something for you over at my blog. Please do drop by and pick up your 'award.'

  3. Praying, praying, praying.

  4. (hugs) Keyona!

    I will add him to my prayers.

  5. I prayed for him too. What a dear brother he is to think of you right as he is leaving. Hugs.

  6. People like this deserve a medal as soon as they enlist.

    He will be in my prayers.

    Hugs and Mocha,

  7. You should have a hundred comments of support on this post.

    Tweeting, dammit.

  8. Thanks so much to you and your brother for your service and sacrifice.

    Will keep your family in my prayers!

  9. That line about hearing the pride in his voice---that's the one that got me. Will be thinking of him often and you and hoping you can stay in tough enough to make the distance and time til return not seem so far.

  10. This made me cry. You guys are so blessed to have each other.

  11. I have never had anyone close to me in the military and like Lindy says, I can only imagine that feeling. Please, please thank him for all that he does


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