and my soldier isn't even deploying.
not for another year.
but my best friend's are facing it in their near future. they are making plans and adjustments. preparing themselves for single mommy-hood. steeling themselves for the rough journey.
and everything is flooding back.
the long nights filled with insomnia. the lonely days waiting for that blessed 5 minutes phone call.
And I still find myself trying to stand beneath the weight.
I know how to be a hooah buddy and walk through the "tour of duty" when I'm going through the same thing. I've been there through the tears and long awaited letters, the 3 am phone calls because you can't sleep. planning skype dates and sending flat rates.
I understood because I was living in the same shoes.
But what will I say when I have my soldier in my arms?
How do I comfort in the middle of the night when my bed isn't lonely and cold,
when ACU's still line my closet and dirty PT's fill my hamper?
I'm scared my "hooah hooah hooah" won't be the same.
That kills me.
As thankful as I am that My Soldier won't be leaving anytime soon, I think I almost feel guilty for it. Like somehow I should walk through the same journey while they do. If only they would all deploy at the same time. later, not sooner.
If only Soldiers could arrive at home at 5 o'clock for dinner everynight
and tuck their daughters into bed for a goodnight kiss.
and no birthdays, holidays and anniversaries were missed.
and puppies were family pets and not guard dogs when you're scared to live alone.
If only the "sandbox" was a place where sand castles were built and seashells were lined in rows.
If only life were... simple? easy? fair?
Deployment. I just don't know what to do with you...
How do you face deployment fears?
Have you ever felt the weight of someone else's trial?