Seven-year-old Emma hadn’t seen her dad (Allan) for close to 8 months as he had been on deployment in the Middle East. There were a lot of events she was involved in this year that he obviously missed and would have loved to have been there for. It’s his baby girl after all.
So she’s at a field day, running round, jumping over little hurdles, etc. – getting stuck into the day.
Though she really wished her dad could be there, she didn’t have a clue he was actually going to be there. When he turned up, the shock of seeing him right there before her very eyes made her huddle into her mum and start crying. Little Emma couldn’t believe it.
Then she went over to him and hugged him and hugged him and hugged him, crying even more, holding onto him like she was never ever going to let him go.
“You feel everything that you’ve missed for the time you’ve been gone”.
His voice falters.
“It’s good, it hurts, it’s happy, it’s sad”.