“I cried this morning as I took my pictures off the wall waiting for our packers to arrive. Our family has grown so much in this house. Our roots spread deep and wide in this town. We got all tangled up with other people’s roots. It is hard to know where we end and our community here begins. Naturally, it hurts a little as we pull our roots out and stretch them further. Parts of our roots are still connected here, but the rest stretch in another direction—toward the future.”
“I was so nervous, I wanted to look … proper. At the time, I only had a vague idea of what the structure of rank and officer versus enlisted looked like. I did know, however, that somehow, I could affect my husband’s career.”
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“I’ve always rationalized the risk my husband takes on the job by telling people that statistically driving to work is more dangerous than what he does. I learned in that moment what statistics mean when you are on the other side of them. Statistics mean nothing when you are sitting with a friend while she finds out her husband is never coming home and that he will never meet their unborn child. Statistics mean nothing when you have to send your husband out a week later to fly at night while you lay awake waiting and worrying until he comes home.”
“Before you judge natural family planning, I want you to take a moment to understand that there is more to it than obligations. You don’t have to jump on board, but I think it’s important to realize that people who use it are informed, intelligent people who are open to discussing it with you.”
“Years ago, he gave me an idea about the amount of time he would be away, but it didn’t seem too much to conquer when we were young and in love … and without kids. Then reality set in.”
“To say I am a single mom discredits the hard work he puts in for his job and his country and overlooks the time he spends wishing he was home. Yes, he loves his job. But yes, he misses his family, too. That makes all the difference.”
“But then we make a new family. We find new running buddies and neighbors. And while that makes me ridiculously happy and thankful, it makes my heart break and my conscience grow with guilt.”