Sitting on the floor at home, Bryon Honea plays with his phone. There’s a tree by the fireplace and stockings hang from the mantle. It reflects the homes of many families at Christmas. But for Bryon there’s something missing: his son, Bryce. However, while his dad thought he was serving in Afghanistan, their reunion was closer than Bryon realized.
Christmas is a time for families. So for those who have loved ones far away, for example serving in the military, it can be a particularly tough period of the year. Being stationed overseas can lead to sons, daughters, fathers, wives and siblings and others being absent.
As a result, time spent with such family members is particularly treasured. Although we live in a highly connected era, where no one is more than a click away on the likes of Facebook and Instagram, there’s nothing that compares to the connection of a warm hug from a loved one.