Shannon here: Women’s fiction author, Tina Pinson shares a special veteran’s day post about her husband. Comment on this post to win a copy of her latest release, Black Rain. Deadline: Nov 23rd, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Tina:
Since it is Veterans Day, I thought I would talk about my veteran. As I’ve written before, my husband Danny served in the Navy, which made married life fun. Even pre-married life as he was extended on a cruise and our wedding date was changed three times because of it, but that isn’t the story I would like to share today.
When our eldest son was born, Danny was able to be with him for three weeks before he left on a cruise. When my husband returned our son was 8 ½ months old. The infant my husband left was toddling around furniture, cutting teeth and saying a few words. My husband had missed so much.
While Danny was out at sea I tried to make sure father and son were able to see each other. Since this was before the Internet, satellite phones, and video conferencing, I sent pictures and tapes so he could see his son growing and hear his voice.
Our son’s first words were dada and I was able to tape it and send it along, which pleased my husband immensely. Things seemed to be going along as planned. I was certain that when Danny stepped off that carrier, our son would look at him and know it was his daddy.
Well, hubby met us on the pier and our son took one look at him and started crying. Danny wanted to so much to hold his son, but our son would have none of it. Over a period of days, husband would try and coax our son to come to him and let him hold him. Our son would take hesitant steps to his father, and I would even carry him there, then hug my husband so our son would see it was okay. But as soon as our son was in his father’s arms, he would start crying.
I didn’t understand, I would show him the picture of his daddy and he would smile and say, “dada”, but as soon as he was in the arms of the genuine article he would start crying. He even bit Danny to get away.
I could see my husband’s frustration and watch his eyes tears up when the son he so wanted to hold and love would cry to get away from him.
Near my wit’s end, and frustrated myself that all my hard work over the last few months to make sure our son knew his father on sight hadn’t worked I wanted to cry myself and did. Then one day while I was showing our son the picture of his father, the one he cooed over and smiled at, it dawned on me, that picture was taken when Daddy had a clean shaven face and he’d returned home with a beard.
Could it be so simple?
While neither of us believed it could be so easy, Danny shaved his beard and then went to meet his son again.
Our son looked at him, smiled and said, “dada” then went right to his arms.
Little things make a big difference.
In my book, Black Rain, which takes place during the Civil War, Joseph McCormick isn’t in the military, but he’s fighting just as hard to take care of his family. While my husband joined the military because he wanted to, Joseph fears he’ll find his name on the conscription list and end up going to war. If he dies, like so many have, who will care for his family? If he can raise $300.00, he can buy his way out of the draft like many rich men are doing and stay with his wife and children.
But the coalfields are hard. His black world has seeped into the creases of his skin and is probably settling in his chest. He dreams of taking his family West, but that takes money too and he barely makes enough to keep food on the table. Joseph holds onto his hopes, then tragedy strikes leaving him to question God and to wonder if he’ll ever be able to dream again. Black Rain is a reminder that life can be hard on the home front too during war.
Today, Veterans Day, while you remember the veterans who gave their time and sometimes their lives for your freedom, be mindful of those who keep the home fires burning too. Think about those who have stood beside you in the trenches of life and let them know you appreciate all they’ve done for you.
About Tina: Tina Pinson resides in Mesa, Arizona with her husband of thirty plus years, Danny. They have three sons, and seven grandchildren. She has written poetry, songs, and stories for 30 plus years. She loves to doodle, sing and enjoys gardening. She prays her stories will transport you to worlds beyond, touching your spirit and giving you a closer insight to yourself and God. Look for her books; In the Manor of the Ghost, Touched By Mercy, To Carry her Cross,When Shadows Fall, Shadowed Dreams, To Catch a Shadow and Then There Was Grace at major bookstores. Learn more: Tina’s Blog, Twitter:@Tina_Pinson, Facebook– https://www.facebook.com/TinaEPinsonAuthor, Pinterest http://pinterest.com/tinapinson/
About the book – Black Rain: Joseph dreams of a life beyond the cold, black world of coal he and his family live in. Blackness has seeped into his skin. He fights to keep it from seeping into his soul. He is fortunate to have work, and blessed to be at home with his wife Antoinette, even if home is a gray patch town in the Kentucky hills. But the war between the states threatens to strip that away too. He presses on providing for his family, but tragedy strikes, leaving Joseph to wonder if there is life beyond the Black Rain and whether he has the faith to dream again.
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