10.20.2010

Ships Ahoy!

Military man is leaving for deployment today. Thank God it's a short mission. I can't understand why this is so hard for me when in the past they have been six months long. This oneis about 2 monts and I'm so close to family that throwing the kids in the car and being with mom and the in=law is only a short afternoon drive. Going home is always a good way to break up the time and get some family attention.

[In full Military Dress Blues]
[daily uniform]
Lately, though, MM and I have been short-tempbered about the whole process. You would think that after 14 years of the Navy we were used to it. But who can get used to worry, seperation and anxiety. Explaining this feeling to my civilian friends and family is still a challenge. They look at me like I'm growing a horn out of my forehoead. My favorite comments lately, when I make what might resemble a complaint of having to be it all for Cory, Lucy and Nina is, "You should be used to it" or "Yes, but you don't have to work a forty-hour week." They are right. It's about an eighty-five hour work week not including overtime, no sick days or paid vacations. Yeah, it's a good thing I don't work. Have you sensed some sarcasm? Good, then I wasn't too subtle.

Of course, others, have been so wonderful as to thank us for making these sacrifices so that they can sleep better at night. We appreciate those people. These words are the encouragement military families need to keep going. They validate us.

So, for those of you with significant main squeezes, say a little prayer of thanks that they're coming home today to share in your day.

4 comments:

  1. i validate you, girlfriend!! i value military families and all you guys do. thank you! anyone that says you don't work a 40 hour a week job is only because they probably have never spent time as a stay-at-home mom and can't value that. i have personally done both! i have been a working mom and a stay-at-home mom. i must say--it was much easier to work and leave you kid at a babysitter than to deal with parenting 24 hours a day as your full time job! so, i hear ya, sister! don't believe the hype.

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  2. WOW, I love it honey...I will be home soon...I will keep these comments short since I don't have a lot of time...I miss you guys like crazy and love you very much. tu papo

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Thank you.