So I’ve been hinting at it and I’ve known it was coming for a while, and now it is here: deployment number two. Q left last week.
Each deployment has its own “thing.” The last one was hard because it was a year-long and Q and I were out of contact for weeks at a time. I still lived at home and had no military-friend support, although lots of friends to help me through it. I still grew up quite a bit and learned what it meant to be truly independent.
This deployment, I’m living on the military base. We have Carl. I have a Masters and student-teaching keeping me very busy. Yet, we are buying a house, and again, I have to learn to grow up and be independent.
I have to make decisions that I normally defer to Q on (which alarm company to go with, what fence to put up, which movers to use).
I have to make sure our house closes on time.
I have to pack and move our current house and unpack and set up our new house.
I have to live in a new house all by myself and figure out how it works.
I have to introduce myself to neighbors and make new friends, alone.
I have to start paying our bills again.
I have to make my own coffee in the morning and cook only for one at night.
And through all that, I don’t have my best friend around. And that stinks. I hate that he missed Carl’s first days in the snow, and the snow days in general! I hate that he will likely miss my graduation, and the day we will get the keys to our new house, but we have learned that although he misses some, there are many more memories he WILL be here for.
But we talked before he left about how it was a lot on me, but he knew I could handle it. And that he had no doubt that Carl and I would be just fine and totally kick this deployment’s butt. And I know he is going to do the same. This is a deployment that he has been looking forward to, and one that he is going to do such a phenomenal job at. And we couldn’t be prouder or more supportive of that. So with that, my motto of 2014 has been, “Bring It” and I mean it. Let’s do this.