Deployment is over and my daughter is so happy to see me!

This is about 5 minutes after I landed back in the Fort Bragg area. Perhaps ‘happy’ isn’t the right word.

My daughter Zoe is also learning to say “Not the mama.”

Zoe, if you are reading this years from now… that was a reference to this TV show:

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  • Paul Hunter

    Being away from very small children is tough!

  • Paul Weaver

    Welcome home! Glad that you’re back and safe with your family.

  • unbound

    Welcome back!! From what I see, you didn’t have a present for her when you got off the plane…of course she is upset.


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  • Glodson

    Welcome back! She’s young and will warm up to you. There will come a time when you won’t be able to get her to let you go. Believe me, my littler girl has been there. Then she got over it, then it came back.

    I’ve been told that it is a cycle. Enjoy seeing your little girl.

  • Randomfactor

    Welcome back.

  • Art

    Outstanding. Welcome back.

  • geocatherder

    You’re a relative stranger to her; seeing you in the flesh is different from seeing you on the computer. Give her time.

    And yes, I also want to add, welcome home.

  • kennypo65

    Welcome home, and thank you for your service to our nation.

  • Wonderful! So glad you’re home, Justin!

    You inspire so many of us — not just atheists — and it’s just good to know you’re home safe, and with your family.

    Gosh you look so different now, from your profile shot.

  • Kate from Iowa

    I’ll join in the chorus of “welcome back/glad to hear you’re home!”

    And just to remind you that things could be worse…one of my nephews called my youngest brother/his father Mommy until he was almost three, so…well, it could be worse.

  • PSG

    Welcome home sir. Welcome home.

  • Egaeus

    You have great faith in the longevity of clips containing copyrighted material on YouTube.

  • sunnydale75

    What a beautiful baby girl! It’s great that your deployment is over and you’re able to be with you family.

    As for that quote, I remember that show with some fondness (though that fondness is filtered through the “younger-me” eyes, as opposed to my current ones).


  • rwgate

    Welcome home, from a Vietnam veteran. I know how it feels to come back, and I know that the memories of this day will live with you forever. Thank you.

  • Man, I saw that face a lot when I came back from deployments.

    And my daughter loved that show too (we found an old VHS tape of it that we played for her back when we actually had a VCR).

  • Welcome back and I hope you get lots of time to enjoy your little girl 🙂

  • Stacy

    Welcome home! Hey, I bet you were happy enough for the both of you. 🙂

  • Len

    Good that you’re home safe. Enjoy your family.