Tuesday, November 6, 2007
To paraphrase an TV advertisement (I hate doing this, but it works):
Jacksonville Jaguar jerseys: $80
Beer, wings, onion rings, cheeseburgers, etc.: $85
First family get-together without a deployment in the future: priceless.
We have been fortunate to have several family gatherings in the past, but for the last two years there has always been the specter of an overseas deployment sitting in the room with us. Last year, before Mark's unit was scheduled to redeploy to the States, there had been persistent Joe rumors about being extended. When they finally arrived in the States, they had been here for six days when they were told they were heading back. Block leave was cut short and they took off on Jan. 4.
At least he was home for the holidays.
This year, no rumors. So we are allowing ourselves to relax and knowing he is going to be around for awhile.
But we know that for every ounce of euphoria we feel, there is a pound of anxiety being felt by a family whose son has been sent back overseas.
Posted by Airborne dad at 9:31 AM