And All I Can Give is Everything I Am

When I said I loved you that very first night
I said it from the depths of a heart I thought was ice cold.
I didn’t know.
When you dropped to one knee by my grandfather’s grave
and asked me if I wanted to try forever,
I didn’t know.
When I dressed in flowing white
And we recited our promises for a happy life,
I didn’t know.
When I saw that second pink line and my heart skipped a beat
And when I told you your face glowed radiantly.
I didn’t know.
When the pain wracked my body for hours on end
And you held my leg until our daughter was born,
I didn’t know.
Everyday you were with me, I didn’t know how this distance would feel.
Everyday you were with me, I was whole and new and real.
I didn’t know how much you truly meant to me until you had to leave.
And when you return to me, My Love, I will never forget.
When you return to me, My Love, I will cherish every new moment.
I didn’t know but “Thank You, Deployment,” I know now.

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