It's hard to say 'Daddy is gone'
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The moment of truth Julie Gonsalves dreads is still some time away when her 3-year-old is old enough to understand that Daddy won't come home anymore. "That's the hard part, telling Cody his daddy is gone," said Gonsalves, the 30-year-old widow of Turlock native Chad Gonsalves, a Green Beret who was killed in Afghanistan last week.
"I tried to tell Cody, but he just didn't get it," Gonsalves explained by telephone from her home in Fayetteville, N.C. "I told him Daddy wasn't coming home, he was in heaven. Cody said, 'Daddy not coming home? Silly Mommy. Daddy's coming home.'"
If it's hard for her son to grasp the grim reality, Julie understands. It's still hard for her to realize this deployment has no end. He won't be coming home to her, Cody, or twin sons Dylan and Blake. . . .
Rest in peace, and God watch over your family.
Posted by: Mike 2006-02-23