I remember all my visions of what it would be like to finally come home from a war zone. It would be so amazing to return with my health and my friends standing by me. I would get off the plane and everyone would be cheering and clapping and be happy.
And you know what? That’s exactly what happened. Except for one thing – I left as a newlywed husband and returned as a veteran father, with no experience. My world went from precision targeting and bombing to precision vomiting and crying. I traded in my boots and weapons for ‘passies’ and ‘bibs’.
I couldn’t be any more happy or nervous. My wife is amazing. We always hear about the brave and heroic servicemembers who go overseas to serve in a war zone. But you know what, the real heroes are the ones that wait on us to get home. Lindsay, my wife, was mommy AND daddy, in the dead of winter while I was a soldier in Baghdad. She was carrying another human being and working full time and paying the bills; and I have to say that when I got home I had a tough act to follow. Our daughter was happy and well taken care of — Lindsay, I owe you so much. I will just give you my heart and all that I am. Thank you sweetie.
I knew how to be a soldier. I’ve done that for years. However, being a parent is amazing and exciting and fun and wonderful and new and oh yeah, scary!!! Surely this kid will know I’m clueless about bottles and feedin g and naptime and teething and, well, you know. But she is so sweet to me. She laughs when I mess up. She knows I’m the rookie here – not her. I love her. I’ll try to be a good father.
Anyway, to all the moms that waited on us – including my own Mom, thanks! Lindsay, Taura, Mom-O, Summer, Penny, Sarah, Becca, Lillian, Mrs Honican, Mrs Larkin, Mrs West, Mrs. Cowan, Mrs Wertzler, Mrs Sims, Mrs Caldwell, Mrs Smith, Mrs Land, Mrs Polston, Mrs McKinney, Kenyatta and all the Mom’s of the 138th Fires Brigade we love you. To Lexington and all the readers who supported us with your kind comments and packages, thank you.
Finally, to Peter Baniak and Family, David Altom and the Kentucky Army National Guard, and the Lexington-Herald- Leader for allowing me this format to share my thoughts, feelings, and words, I say thank you and please everyone; SUPPORT THE TROOPS.
This is SGT Tressler giving you an order, Lexington; Love one another and take care of each other, See you around everybody!
I love you Lindsay and Kenadee,