We met up with some friends this week at the farmer’s market. Which was fun… excepting that I hadn’t realized that this would be the last time we would see them together as a family, since my friend’s husband is deploying.
You can really tell that deployments seem to come in waves. My dh is leaving on a different schedule than most of the friends I have here, which is good and bad in itself. Of course I’m glad to have him home yet, but I feel guilty somehow. I would much rather suffer together. And conversely, a year from now when all their husbands are coming home, mine won’t even be close to being done. That’s hard, too.
So I thought I would join the crowd (since I’ve seen a lot of these lately) and write my own list of things I appreciate about deployment. What’s always funny to me is how similar many of them are! Here we go:
1) I GET THE iPHONE! (ok, ok, so I’ve mentioned this one just a few times before)
2) The extra money (for any civilian readers, during a deployment military pay isn’t taxed, and the service member receives extra pay. Of course these things have names like “hostile fire pay” and “family separation allowance” which I really don’t like to think about)
3) I am a night owl, and dh is a morning person/ light sleeper. I love being able to stay up until all hours of the night and do whatever I want (and relatively loudly).
4) I gleefully leave all the lights on (his pet peeve)
5) If I want to eat mac and cheese with the dutchkid for dinner or Nutella on toast no one asks me what food group that is.
6) I am really looking forward to trying out Netflix (which I’ve never done before).
7) I lose weight while under stress, and I have a good 5-10 pounds I can live without.
8 ) Vacations back home to see my family that do not involve intense negotiations on who we will have time to see.
That’s all I have on my list at the moment, but I’m sure I will add to it as it gets closer. Sadly sometimes these lists make me think of all the things I will miss, but those things can go without saying for now.