I did not delete it.
(Updated: Many friends have asked me, as this conversation and explanation has grown, why I have left it visible on the blog. I know deleting it seems to make the most sense. When I began this blog I made a promise to myself that unless something violates OPSEC or degrades the American soldier and/or their family it would remain. I will not break that promise even now.)
After you read here you are welcome to read what was written in the comments. I was accused of stealing "Promises" and of plagiarizing someone else's work. I don't know who made the accusation or where they feel credit belongs. They responded anonymously.
(Update: He/she responded with a detailed explanation for which makes me understand the perspective better.)
This is my promise to C and his promise to me and to our boys. But it is your promise to your soldier - or sailor, or airman, or marine. It is his or hers to you.
Promises belongs to every military couple.
The words are mine. My fingers wrote them. My hands published them.
But it was not just my tears that soaked them, not just my heartbreak that felt them, not just my joy that allowed them.
That is of all of us.
As it should be.
Until those sandy boots sit just inside our doors.