I’ll be back sometime during the week (or early next week) with pictures and at least one post about John’s homecoming. Until then, I’ll be off the grid, enjoying some much overdue time with my fiance.
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Today’s post is written by Miranda, a Marine wife who writes for her blog, Hurry Up & Wait.
Military homecomings tend to carry with them a sort of stereotype. Girlfriend/Fiance’/wife/boyfriend/husband/children waiting outside or inside a building, watching service members walk off a bus, running up to them as soon as they see them, hugging them, kissing them, jumping into their arms crying. This is how I would have liked my husband’s homecoming to be but it wasn’t like that at all. At the time, my Marine was just my fiancé and he was stationed 1,500 miles away. While I would have loved to be able to fly down to California to be there when he got back, I had school and I didn’t have any money to afford the trip. Not being able to be there for him with a big sign and welcoming arms tore me apart. I think it hurt him a little too whether or not he wants to admit it!
For those who are new to deployments, just remember to stay strong. It’s going to be hard for both of you but you have to hold it together for your service member as well as for yourself. Trust me, it will all be worth it in the end! My husband’s deployment has been a great learning experience for us as a couple, and it showed us just how much we can go through together. Also, not every homecoming story is the same. Make it yours and make it as special as you can for it is a experience you will remember for the rest of your life and you will experience an emotion you don’t get to experience very often! Make the most of your homecoming and enjoy it!