Thursday, July 28, 2016
At the end of last June my husband left to go TDY in Mississippi. He was going back to tech school to retrain for a different job in the USAF. While I was excited for him and his new career prospects, I was a little daunted at the thought of five and a half weeks alone with my two boys. Now, before you launch into the "five and a half weeks is nothing to a military spouse! Try a year long deployment and then talk to me! Wuss!" tirade let me just say: I know. Five and a half weeks isn't that long. It's not long at all. However, to a pregnant woman with two small children who had never experienced a spouse going TDY or on a deployment, five and half weeks can be overwhelming. And it was a long five and half weeks. We had baby issues (everything ended up being okay), car troubles (again, our van "Kevin" is fine), and we traveled home to Virginia to visit family. My kids were troopers and they dealt amazingly well with my husband being gone. From time to time though, I still felt overwhelmed. Then I would feel guilty for feeling overwhelmed when so many other military spouses deal with so much worse. In the end, I decided that it was okay to feel overwhelmed sometimes. I did my best while he was gone, and boy am I glad he's back. Now things can get back to normal, or as normal as things around here ever are. I hope to write more soon. Right now it's time to put my feet up and hopefully convince my husband to rub them.