Big Kid off to college? Baby girl really growing up? Husband closer to retiring after 20 years of Army family life? So many changes. I choose to dive in, rather than let it overwhelm me. (Photo Courtesy of Amanda Kim Stairrett and 1st Infantry Division.)
Friday, October 28, 2011
I hope to be back soon with another Five Question Friday-- if anyone wants to take part, I hope you'll drop me a line in comments and I'll let you know how to participate and share your Five Questions. If you have questions about the military, or about being a military spouse, feel free to post those as well.
In the meantime, today's post--
She looked familiar,walking across the parking lot. The two
women with her, sniping at each other and all but ignoring her-- could those be
her daughters? Really, how could that be
She seemed so much older. Even allowing for the intervening
years I would have vastly overestimated her true age.
I'll admit...I did not stop. I did not put a hand to her
shoulder and say her name. I did not, on a day when it was obvious the years
had been kind to me, want her to see pity or sadness in my eyes when I looked
What happened, between then and now, that brought her pain
enough to only shuffle as she walked?
What happened, to etch those lines on her
face? Her shoulders bent, her pallor not only from the gray outdoors...
I know, when we worked together, that her husband was
nearing retirement from the Army.I know
he had one more deployment to finish, then he would PCS to another location for
a year and then they could be a family again.Together.
I know she waited for that day.I also know she was nervous about it.Nervous about him getting a job after
retirement.Nervous about learning to be
a family again.There are so many
factors that go into creating a new life after deployments.There are millions more that pop up after a Soldier
So again, I wonder tonight.What happened?Did he come home
safe?How is her son?Are they a family again?I say a prayer for her-- for her health to
improve, for her daughters to respect the mother I know she has always tried to
be, and for her Soldier.