Tuesday, October 23, 2012

TDT #11 - Hello....Goodbye!

One of the ways I have always done my countdowns when my  husband is away is by counting trash days.  Most of the time it isn't as daunting a number as the estimated number of days he'll be gone.  And it helps me remember to put the trash out, or rather encourage my boys to put the trash out since it's their job.  So this will be my new weekly post, and I'll just really post whatever, no real set theme.  Please feel free to join me on this adventure of counting down the time until your loved one comes home!
 One of the things I dislike most about this Military lifestyle if the constant hello's and goodbyes!  I know in the civilian sector people move in and out too but it seems a bit  more frequent in the Military. 

I have the unfortunate skill of clicking with someone just a few months before they move away.  It's just not FAIR!  Last week I had to say goodbye to one of my favorite people.  We met this past spring in the office I volunteer in.  We clicked immediately, I knew we were meant to be friends and not just the kind that hang out until they move away, but friends for life.  She immediately became part of our family and came to dinner nearly every Sunday.  I loved her immediately and so did the rest of my family.  She just became one of us.  I knew when we met that she was getting out of the Army in a few months and would be moving back home.  I just didn't expect the time to fly by so fast.
I really wanted to go to her award ceremony but unfortunately had committed to a conference and couldn't break away.  She did come by with her super cutie brother though and I'm so glad she did.  I wish we had been able to spend more time together but at the same time I'm glad that I was busy because then I didn't cry...even though I really wanted to.

I miss her already, but I know we're lifetime friends and fortunately she doesn't live that far away from my parents.

Amanda, I love you and wish you the best in the next chapter of your life.  And remember...there's always room for you at our table!

How do you handle goodbye's?


Jen said...

I hate the goodbyes well. :(

Kaila Baylie said...

I think the most devastating part of the news of our very first PCS, is this will be the first time that we move away from the things and the people that I have come to care about. I have had a few people leave that I was connected to but this is a whole new game. I am sure I will feel regret for not knowing people as well as I would have liked! I just have to remember it isn't farewell forever. Thank you for sharing this Nadine really brings in some new incite.