October 28, 2004


Right before he left, my husband got his smallpox shot. It was bandaged and still scabby when he deployed. I realized yesterday that he's had a new scar on his shoulder for nine months and I've never even seen it.

Two hundred fifty-eight days ago, I waved goodbye to my husband as his bus passed through the intersection by our house; tomorrow morning I will be waving as his bus pulls into brigade headquarters. I will spend two weeks stuffing him with beer, food, and love. I will sit by his side as we watch Futurama together. I will wait on him hand and foot. And I will kiss the new smallpox scar on his arm.

He'll be home in twelve hours.

Posted by Sarah at October 28, 2004 07:15 PM

Congratulations! I read your site every day and love the perspective of the military spouse. I spent 10 years in the Army, and spouses definitely do not get the credit they deserve. God bless you, and I assume we won't be hearing from you for a while. Enjoy the reunion!

Posted by: Chadd at October 28, 2004 07:28 PM

Don't be too rough with that soldier.

Posted by: Mike at October 28, 2004 09:03 PM

Woo-Hoo!!! We'll let you have him to yourself for a while, but I expect to see you guys next Friday! (Justin will be here, so there will be two guys and they can talk to each other!!)

Posted by: Oda Mae at October 28, 2004 09:10 PM

Yay! I'm so happy for you. Enjoy every minute.

Posted by: Jamie at October 28, 2004 09:38 PM

Zapp Brannigan + Turanga Leela = [heart]

Posted by: Madfish Willie at October 29, 2004 03:34 AM

I think this is what they mean by "many happy returns." If its not, it should be,

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at October 29, 2004 03:49 AM

Russ's arrival is so close now that I have goose bumps just thinking about it. I won't expect much blogging for the next two weeks. Enjoy your time together and remind Russ how much we appreciate all he is doing. Love, jane

Posted by: Jane at October 29, 2004 04:54 AM