While they are home, “deployment” is the word you don’t want to hear. And while they are deployed, “delayed” is the word to hope never to hear. Unfortunately for us, that is exactly what happened. The rational side of me knows that its not much longer and that it will be here soon enough but at the same time, the wait feels like an eternity.
When he received the news, we both were in disbelief. We knew this could happen at any moment but knowing it and experiencing it are two very different things. Its extremely frustrating and painful to add precious days back onto our countdown. However, I am grateful its only a small extension and that he’s still coming home.
Military life tests, stretches and grows you. This is just another one of those situations. Our first instinct was to be pissed, frustrated, tired and irritated. We let ourselves feel those emotions. He drank a beer and I ate some ice cream. We both processed the change in our own way. While some might have distanced themselves from each other, we pulled closer together. Theres something special about going through all the ups and downs of this deployment, marriage and life together. Even when bad news comes, I am so grateful to have him to go through it with.
So unfortunately our timeline got pushed back a bit but we are still counting down and thankfully the number of days are getting smaller. As they say, the longer the wait the sweeter the kiss. I am counting on that!