I have been eagerly anticipating this day since the beginning of October. Today is the day, three years ago, that my husband came home from his first deployment! Six long months apart…ended on a Saturday around 7:00pm. This day is special for another reason as well. It also marks roughly halfway through this Korean deployment!
This deployment started out not too bad, to be honest..I missed him, of course, but I was working full-time with a great group of kids and coworkers and thankfully nothing really “bad” happened. My shower head did spontaneously break in the middle of a shower, and because it’s a handheld one with a long hose it sprayed all over the bathroom…the shower curtain did nothing to stop it, it zipped right past it to share its water with the whole room. But that was more funny than horrifying.
Then it got tougher. I don’t know what it was, maybe just the “You got this, girl!” attitude wearing off as the increasing nights alone got to be less about relaxing and being the only controller of Netflix and more…well…..lonely. Or the starting again of counseling that really was mentally and emotionally tough (making me wish my husband was home even more). Or perhaps the starting of the school year and 90% of our kids going back to their real school, and also a week into the new year, three of the four coworkers I have worked with since the beginning have left. The split schedule isn’t very pleasant either, I have to be at work at 6:30 in the morning for an hour and a half, and then back again at 3pm until 6:30 at night. Some days I have class in between those hours. It was probably a combination of all those things that made the first couple of months easier than the past couple of months. But this day helps me remember that all deployments will end, we will have our amazing third “first kiss” and third “honeymoon” phase soon enough!
But now, finally, we are to the halfway point. I thought I would be bouncing off the walls, eating sugar out of the bag, really energetic and excited…but my first thought when I woke up today was an exasperated, “God, FINALLY!” It felt like I had been pulling a sled up a hill that was getting steeper and steeper, and finally reached the top, exhausted, but feeling accomplished. Now, hopefully, the rest of this deployment will fly by like I’m zooming down that hill on my sled!