February 26, 2006

PROUD

Every time I walk by the computer, I check to see if CaliValleyGirl has any update on when her boyfriend returns from Arghanistan. I'm a bundle of nerves just watching her wait! Watching OIF III and OEF Who Knows come to an end has made me nostalgic for this time last year. I keep reading my blog entries from the end of February and the beginning of March, remembering the feeling of knowing that everyone -- including the company commander, battalion commander, and brigade commander -- was home while my husband sat in Iraq waiting to go to Kuwait so he could start the process of coming home. It was excruciating. But as I told CaliValleyGirl, as painful as the waiting game is, you completely forget about it the minute they walk into that gym.

I'm really proud of her, which is not meant to sound condescending. Dealing with deployment was made easier by 1) the community around me and 2) that gold ring on my left hand. Cali has neither of those. She dealt with her boyfriend's absence on her own at a German university, which I can't believe was easy. And she handled it with grace: the other day she told me how much she's grown and how much she learned this year, about herself and her boyfriend. I'm glad that she was able to see deployment as a learning experience and not a burden.

And I can't wait to meet up with her at the Taco Bell in a few weeks!

Posted by Sarah at February 26, 2006 07:41 AM | TrackBack
Comments

I agree. It does make me nostalgic...remembering last year at this time...the end to a very LONG year. It's funny too because here I am, six months after leaving Germany, and I'm making "online" friends that I may never get to meet! Why didn't I know all of you when I was there?? Life is funny...

Posted by: Nicole at February 26, 2006 02:35 PM

Thank you so much. And in reference to your next post, you have been a great role model for me.

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Posted by: CaliValleyGirl at February 26, 2006 04:57 PM