Monday, October 6th, 2008 • 1 Comment on Homeward Bound
This was the view from Jay’s ship this afternoon as they left Mayport, Florida on their way back home after six long months. I try not to complain too much about deployments—we’ve seen our share and will no doubt see a few more before he retires—because it’s a part of the package. The package that affords us a comfortable lifestyle and a secure future; a package that has insulated us from much of the economic issues so many others face. Still, this deployment has been particularly hard, following on the heels of the eight months Jay was in department head school in Rhode Island. It’s been a very long and, at times, very difficult fifteen months and Tuesday will feel a bit like Christmas vacation for me.
I still can’t complain too much even about this deployment because I knew Jay was (relatively) safe and I did get to see him for a few days in July. Not all deployments are like that. I’m grateful he’s in the Navy and not the Army or Marines (or National Guard) because I really don’t know how families of those military branches handle the Iraq and Afghanistan deployments. Well, that’s not true. I know how they handle it—the same way all military families handle it—as best they can. It’s all any of us can do, really.
Thankfully, my turn to handle things is just about over. For now. Jay is homeward bound!