John left for Afghanistan on Wednesday morning. It was a tough goodbye, but nothing we couldn’t handle. That sounds cocky, and I don’t mean it to be. But after seven months apart during the “fighting season,” four or five more months seems (almost, kinda, sorta) short. But more on that later.
My bedroom is littered with my open, empty suitcase. Laundry is in piles, waiting for me to get the gumption to throw them in the washer. I’ve got belated Christmas presents to put away and a dishwasher to unload and then reload. There’s a stack of save the dates that must, must, must be mailed this morning. While I was gone, my schedule at school changed, so I have an entirely new class to prepare for and curriculum to design on the fly. I’ve had to do some triage with wedding plans, and I have three guest posts I need to write. And there are two barely started care packages for John that won’t finish themselves.
I’m sad that R&R is over. It will take me a few days to get myself together and get everything cleaned up and caught up. However, I didn’t want to let things go too long without posting, especially since you all left such wonderful, kind messages for John and me.
I promise there will be many posts detailing our goofy R&R adventures. It will just take me a tiny, little bit of time to be able to look back on them and write about them with joy. I refuse to be a Debbie Downer for the last leg of this deployment.
And now, on to the last part of this deployment!
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