I picked up the phone sifting Bailey on my hip.
I closed my eyes taking a deep breath, trying not to cry. Bailey looked at me scrunching up her face as Dad came in holding a onesie and a diaper. He took Bailey out of my hands before walking out
of the room. I slid down the wall.
Tanner* Baby you still there?
Me* I miss you.
Tanner* I miss you too baby. So much.
Me* I want you home. I want you here. Not in some far off country.
Tanner* I know baby but this is my job. I’m sorry. I wish I was there with you too. God I wish I could wrap my arms around you and kiss you like there was no tomorrow.
I burst into tears before I hugged my knees tightly to my chest.
Me* I want you home Tanner. I want you to come see your babies growing up.
Tanner* I want to see them too baby. I miss them so much. I miss all three of you so much. So much I can’t even explain it.
Me* I miss you.
Tanner* I miss you too baby.
I tried to stop the tears that were rolling down my face with no luck. I didn’t want anyone to see me like this. But that thought was wiped out of my head as I heard little hands and knees on the
cool tile of the kitchen. I looked over wiping my tears away to see Wyatt looking at me before he crawled over. He was still only in his diaper but his bottle wasn’t with him. I looked at him and
smiled as he crawled over trying to get onto my lap. I lay my knees down so he could crawl onto them. He did and looked up at me with his father’s frown.
Tanner* What’s going on?
Me* Wyatt just crawled in and he is showing me that he really is your son. He looks so much like you.
I look down at Wyatt again to see him lean up to rub my wet cheek. “Mama.” He said. My whole body froze.
Tanner* Did I just hear what I thought I heard?
Me* Matters what you thought you heard.
Tanner* Well Miss Smarty-pants let me rephrase that. Did I just hear Wyatt tell you Mama?
Me* Well that’s what I heard.
I ran my hand over Wyatt’s fuzzy hair. He looked at me confused. “Mama.” He said again putting his arms up for me to hold him. I lifted him up as he snatched the phone away from me.
“Hey you little bugger give that back.” I smiled at him as he bit it. I lifted the phone to his ear.
Tanner* Ryan? What’s that noise?
Tanner* Hey Buddy. It’s Daddy here. How’s my little Buddy?
Wyatt cooed at the phone looking up at me. It showed me that he remembered who his Daddy was. He remembered the sound of his voice.
Tanner* I miss you Buddy. Are you being good for Mommy?
Tanner* Wyatt, be good for Mommy. I love you.
Wyatt looked up at me. I picked up the phone from him.
Me* That is the first time he has said anything.
Tanner* I wish I could be there to see it happen.
Me* I know.
Tanner* Well I guess I got the best next thing.
Me* Of course Tanner.
Tanner* I love you
Me* I love you too, all three of us.
Tanner* Good because I have some news.
I felt Wyatt crawl off my lap speeding away to Dad as he walked in with a new onesie in his hand. He picked Wyatt up before he walked out again.
Me* What kind of News?
Tanner* Well you know what we have been waiting for the since the day I got my orders?
Me* Tanner please I don’t want to play games. Please just tell me.
Tanner* Well, I’m coming home!
Me*Are you serious?
Tanner*Dead serious Baby. They just told us about an hour ago.
Me* Oh god. When?
Tanner* I will be able to hold you in my arms in only 2 weeks baby.
Me* And the wedding?
Tanner* Whenever you want it baby. It’s up to you. I don’t care. I just want to have you as my wife.
Me*So if I made it a couple of days after you get back?
Tanner*It would be fine to me. I would just have to tell the guy if you did so they can make plans. What day do you think?
Me* Well they have an opening for May 30….
Tanner* Sounds perfect since we get back the 27.
Me* I love you Tanner.
Tanner* I love you too Baby.
I heard voices in the background before Tanner sighed.
Me* You need to go don’t you?
Tanner*I do Baby. But It won’t be long now baby. Just think only 2 more weeks. Gove Bailey as kiss for me and tell her I love her, Wyatt too.
Me* I will.
Tanner*I love you.
Me* I love you too. Stay safe.
Tanner* Yes Ma’am.
I heard the phone click making me put my head down. Only 2 more weeks of being alone, of sleeping alone. Only 2 more. It seemed so short, but inside it felt like an eternity. I heard footsteps
coming towards me making me look up. Dad stood up and looked at me. “You want a hug?” He asked. I nodded my head lifting my hands for him to pick me up, just like Wyatt did to me.
“Only two more weeks.” I whispered as I broke down crying. Dad pressed his lips to my head.
“I know baby. It felts like 2 more years instead of 2 weeks. I wish I could make it better but I can’t I can’t change it. This is what you signed up for when you fell in love with a Marine
Baby Girl.” He rubbed my back. I heard a cry from another room making me sigh. No matter how much I need anything, my babies come first and I wouldn’t want it any other way…………..
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