I knew going into this PCS that a deployment was probably not far off. Did I think we would already have a time frame and a location? No - I didn't.
We've done this dance before. Rob spent a year in Kuwait. But it was just Piston and I left at home. This time... our sweet girl will have to experience life without daddy for an extended period of time.
And that? That breaks my heart.
It is a new kind of dance that will hopefully go a little faster, but will probably be a bit harder to learn.
Luckily this is 2015 and technology has advanced to the point that I will be able to keep a little piece of Rob with Grace wherever she goes. By using recordable teddy bears and other battery-powered devices such as a recordable storybook, Grace will have the reliable comfort of her daddy no matter where he is. That is worth a million bucks.
Duracell recently had the honor to meet a military family in California whose young daughter showed them how she was able to have the comfort of her father’s voice during his deployment through a battery-powered recordable teddy bear. Duracell was so moved by this family, that they made a film inspired by their story.
"Since the war in Afghanistan began in 2001, more than 2 million American children have had a deployed parent. Many of them have seen multiple deployments: 3, 4, or even 5 family separations.
In honor of all of the families who stand beside our troops, Duracell wants to power more comforting moments for loved ones through a donation of $100,000 to USO’s Comfort Crew for Military Kids. Continue the conversation by sharing the film and find out how you can donate to the cause through the USO at http://www.uso.org/donate."
I know when our time comes to say goodbye to Rob, Grace's teddy bear will be powered with Duracell batteries... because reliability will hold so much power when everything else will be so unknown.
This review was made possible by iConnect and Duracell. I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions are 100% mine and Rob is really deploying next year....