Hurry up and wait, one of my LEAST favorite USMC sayings.
Today we went to eat lunch with the hubby on base and play at the park. It's beautiful here today, sunny and 70. While pushing Ethan on the swing Sohel tells me about his plans for the next year or so.
School in Pensacola - 4 months
SSgt course in Quantico - 1.5 months
Training for deployment - unknown amount of time
Deployment on MEU - 7 months
Potential second MEU deployment - 7 months
If you add that up it would put him away 19 months give or take. Thats almost 2 years! Insane. When he is back from deployments the kids will be 5 and 3. Thats crazy.
Don't get me wrong, I know what this was all about when I signed my marriage certificate. I can handle being a single mom. I'm not scared of the dark or spiders. I don't need my husband here all the time. But I like him, I like his company. I enjoy our road trips just to eat at a restaurant (since Jacksonville is severely lacking in non chain foods). I will miss him.
I will miss him more when he is in FL and in VA since he is in country but unavailable to us. Deployments are one thing, you sort of just deal with the lack of phone calls and emails. He isn't thinking about emailing us, he is thinking about keeping himself and his men safe. I am thinking the same thing. I just want him to come home undamaged. I don't need a phone call every day. But the in country "deployments" are harder, at least for me. I get jealous that he is eating out with other guys. Without a highchair. I get jealous that on Saturdays he can sleep in. I think he is getting a break, while I am on call 24/7. I know that in reality, its not like that. He is busy, doing USMC stuff. Its a different kind of life while mine stays the same day in and day out.
While nothing with the USMC is ever in stone until those orders are in hand or that bus pulls away, I am still in the hurry up and wait stage. Try and get everything set up for his departure, get the house ready, find someone to mow my grass, get the oil changed. All the "man" duties.