As you know from my previous posts, Pat took command of his battery. I'm not sure if you've been to a change of command ceremony before, but at that ceremony they usually present flowers to the incoming and outgoing Commanders' wives. After the ceremony there is a reception held. It is usually a celebratory day. Just like most things in Pat's career, we weren't able to have the usual event (this time because Pat is deployed). A part of me is sad that I've missed out on such a big milestone in our Army life, but there is a part of me that always assumed our luck would play out this way.
Well, I'm now going to tell you just another reason why I love my husband. The day Pat took command, I received a delivery of 12 long stemmed roses. Pat didn't want me to be left out from his change of command.
While I love the gesture of the flowers, the part that makes them so special to me was the card.
Thank you for all of the sacrifices over the last 7 years;
You are my rock.
This day is as much for you as it is for me.
I'm sorry that you can't be here to take part in it with me.
I love you!
In that simple note, he made me feel a part of his special day even though I could not be there. He made me feel like we are a team and that I am appreciated. Most of all, because of that note I know how loved I am.
So that rose in my header is more than just a rose. It marks a milestone, a celebration, a partnership, and the love that is ever present between me and Pat.