This is inevitable when you are associated with the Armed Forces. It has been my entire way of life.
I made her this lovely gift:
She and I were both on the USS Kearsarge together, and spent many hours with each other - both underway and on liberty. She has become part of my family, my sea-daughter.
I have been saving this book for an occasion such as this. It is titled "The Sea Around Us." Very fitting, I think!
I love you, Christina! You have made me proud.