It is almost daylight here. I sit here wide awake, thoughts flooding my mind.
Hubby, who is in San Diego, texted me about an hour ago asking me to pray for Little Miss’ daddy. I immediately began to pray. It was nothing serious, but it was a request given out of love for his future son-in-law and I understood.
I understood because thirty-one years ago tonight I prayed the same prayers for my hubby.
Thirty one years ago tomorrow I was part of a ceremony that hubby and my daughter will take part in tomorrow.
Little Miss’ daddy has been promoted in the Navy. This is a special promotion, for he will become a Navy Chief. Technically, it is just another enlisted grade in all the other services, but, in the Navy, it has special meaning.
A Navy Chief is an awesome achievement. In hubby’s day there was hazing. A lot of it. But, it was what made you a chief. These days the initiation process is different, but, the result is the same. It is a tiring process, a long process and it wears you down physically, mentally, emotionally. But, when it is all said and done that is what happens when you are a chief. You wear many hats and a normal response to most sailors with questions is, “Go ask the Chief”.
Hubby was asked to pin one of the collar devices on his uniform tomorrow. Our daughter will pin the other device on. Hubby was honored when he was asked, and, of course he wanted to be there.
Hubby spent the day today with all the new chief selectees. He stayed there for the entire process, and I know this has forged a bond between hubby and LIttle Miss’ daddy.
So, after praying for him, my mind became overwhelmed with memories and thoughts. We have almost been out of the Navy longer than we were in now. Hubby retired at 21 years in service. That time sped by and was just one chapter of our lives. But, that chapter was filled with traditions that have always been a part of the U.S. Navy. I am proud of the time we were part of the Navy.
I have had several texts in the past hour. The last came from LIttle Miss’ daddy thanking me and telling me to get some sleep. When I finish this cup of tea and this post I will try to get some sleep. I will think to myself something that I taught my girls when they were little and heading to bed.
“ I see the moon and the moon sees me. God bless the sailors on the sea.” Yes, there are still parts of this great country that continues time-honored traditions, and I am proud to have been a part of that.
The third verse of Anchors Aweigh says,
“Blue of the mighty deep:
Gold of God’s great sun.
Let these our colors be
Till all of time be done, done, done, done.
On seven seas we learn
Navy’s stern call:
Faith, courage, service true,
With honor, over honor, over all.”
So, I close this post with hearty congratulations to our LIttle Miss’ daddy, you done good kid, thank you for your service.
Thanks for stopping by, DAF